As we get older, we have to start thinking about situations that need to be treated with a level of sensitivity; such as what will happen to our estate or affairs when we pass away or can no longer make our own decisions. Here at Watsons we offer Will writing services and power of attorney assistance, which will give you the peace of mind that you need.
We know how important it is to have peace of mind when it comes to organising what will happen when you pass away. It’s not something we like to think about, but making sure that your loved ones will not encounter any further stress at an already difficult time is an important part of getting your affairs in order. One of the most important reasons to ensure that you have a valid Will is that, if you don’t, then your estate is governed by the Rules of Intestacy. This means that your estate is distributed the way that the law sees fit, which could mean that your money and belongings could be inherited by people who you would not otherwise wish to benefit, such as distant relatives.
It is of paramount importance that you use a professional to write your Will for you. Don’t put your estate at risk by allowing someone who isn’t properly qualified or insured to write it. It is worth noting that it is not against the law for someone without the proper qualifications to write a Will for payment, so make sure that your Will writer is a solicitor or someone with the necessary skills. Here at Watsons we have years of experience of assisting the elderly and you will always be treated with dignity and respect.
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Choosing a power of attorney
As we get older, many of us experience a change in our mental or physical health, with a lot of people finding themselves in a situation where they are struggling to make important decisions for themselves. This is why it is advisable to put in place a Lasting Power of Attorney (‘LPA’) in advance. That way you can specify who has your permission to manage your finances on your behalf should you be unable to do so. You are able to name more than one person to do this if you so wish.
There are two different types of LPA. In addition to choosing somebody to deal with your property and financial affairs e.g. your house and bank accounts, you can choose somebody to make decisions with regard to health and welfare matters. You can make an LPA at any time provided that you have sufficient mental capacity to make an informed decision.
Here at Watsons we can help you to organise your LPA and ensure that everything runs smoothly. We also offer a range of advice and legal assistance on a variety of other matters so that you can have peace of mind and concentrate on enjoying your retirement!
If you would like some more information about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us direct on 01925 571212 or get in touch via our contact form.