Energy of Lawyer and why everybody, no matter their age, must get this executed

During these uncertain times of a global pandemic, it’s wise to hope for the best but plan for the worst.

Everyone, no matter their age and stage in life, should have granted Power of Attorney in their Will to someone they trust – usually a spouse, partner, relative or friend.

This essential document gives them the power to act on your behalf if you can’t do so yourself due to mental or physical incapacity.

But it MUST be put in place when you’re fit and able to do so as it can’t be done if you’ve lost capacity or been diagnosed with an illness that affects your capacity to make decisions.

“You never know what’s around the corner so it’s essential at this time to get a Will and Power of Attorney,” says Tony Marchi, Principal of ILAWS, an independent legal and Will-writing specialist in Scotland.

“The coronavirus has shown us how uncertain life can be. Now is the perfect time to set out your wishes for the future. We should all have a Power of Attorney in place as we have no idea what the future holds – who could have predicted this pandemic, for example?

“It doesn’t mean you are giving power away or not having control over your own life,” said Tony Marchi. “Power of Attorney can only be exercised with your permission, or if you are unable to act for yourself.

“If you and your family are faced with a medical emergency, having a Power of Attorney can be a life-saving document. If you’re in hospital, no one can make decisions for you if you can’t make them for yourself unless you have a Power of Attorney.

“And sometimes doctors won’t administer treatment or medication or carry out an operation if there’s any risk to you, even if your spouse or children wish them to do so. There’s a common misperception that ‘next of kin’ has the same official standing, but this is not the case.”

Without Power of Attorney in place, your spouse/partner and family have no authority or ability to deal with your bank accounts, building society accounts, insurances, pensions, and savings.

Should you end up in care, it may allow your spouse or children to protect your savings, and they will be able to control your finances to ensure your remaining life is as comfortable as possible.

Powers of Attorney are used for dozens of different reasons, from a broken bone that makes it difficult to get about to a minor heart attack or stroke, which you may make a full recovery from but will need help during convalescence, to a long hospital stay, to Alzheimer’s, Dementia or another illness that affects your mental capacity.

“I’d advise arranging a Power of Attorney now when you’re fit and able to do so. The average time it takes for a Power of Attorney to be concluded is around 14 weeks,” added Tony. “People put off setting up Powers of Attorneys for years but don’t put it off any longer.”

ILAWS can organise a Will for you in your home for just £48 (including vat) while a Power of Attorney can be arranged for £240 (including vat) plus £81 registration fee.

A Will and Power of Attorney can easily be set up over the phone, online or by booking an appointment in an ILAWS office once restrictions are lifted. Bookings can be made now on Freefone 0800 049 9688

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