What is a Power of Attorney?
A Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows you to appoint another person, or persons, who you trust, to look after your finances and make decisions about your welfare and care should you become incapable of doing so.
The most common Power of Attorney document is an ‘Enduring and Welfare’ Power of Attorney. This covers a wide range of financial power including banking and property, gifting, and daily administrative decisions. It also provides for the decisions regarding residence, medical care, clothing, and general welfare issues.
What can we do to help?
At Moir and Sweeney Litigation we understand that granting a Power of Attorney is an important decision to make because of the nature and extent of the powers granted. Our team take pride in always taking the time to discuss your requirements and explain the documents involved to you.
The team at Moir and Sweeney Litigation understand the importance of giving consideration to these matters early before an adult becomes incapacitated; rather than after an unexpected change in circumstances. Much like writing a Will, these arrangements can make matters easier for relatives and friends should they ever face making decisions on your behalf.
We can also provide specialist advice to those appointed under a Power of Attorney of their responsibilities and explain the requirements of the Adults and Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and how this has been interpreted by the courts.
What is a Guardianship?
A guardianship order is a court appointment that authorises a person to act and make decisions on behalf of an adult with incapacity and is unable to look after their own affairs. Anyone with an interest can make an application to the court for a guardianship order.
What can we do to help?
If you are concerned about a friend or relative who can no longer look after their own affairs, our team can provide you with advice about a guardianship order. In such circumstances, you can trust us to provide solutions and practical assistance by dealing with guardianship applications on your behalf.
This can be a particularly complex area of the law and involves a detailed application to the court. The team at Moir and Sweeney Litigation pride ourselves on our ability to explain the process in a straightforward way, so that you fully understand the implications of a guardianship order.
We believe that making a will is an important part of planning for the future. We also understand that for many, the priority in making a will is to ensure that your loved ones are properly cared for.
Our team of experienced solicitors are here to listen to you and understand where you would like your assets to go in the future. Our team have the necessary expertise to ensure that you understand the options available to you and the tax implications, to ensure that you leave behind the largest sum possible.
At Moir and Sweeney Litigation we aim to provide a personalised will writing service at a reasonable cost. We are often able to quote a fixed fee, in respect of this service. To ensure that the future distribution of your assets is in line with your personal wishes, contact our office today and a member of our team will be more than happy to assist.