Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Care Directives

Why do I need a Will?

A Will helps to ensure that your family’s needs are met according to your wishes when you die. A well-written Will can avoid unnecessary family conflict upon your passing.

Why should I pay a solicitor to do a Will, when I can just make a 'do-it-yourself' Will?

There are many reasons why it is worth paying to have a solicitor prepare your Will.
A poorly written or unclear Will can leave your executor without clear instructions as to how you want your assets dealt with, which can result in costly litigation. A Will written by an experienced solicitor will ensure that every forseeable event is planned for, whether it is your partner's death, a child's death, or indeed the birth of a child or grandchild.
If a Will fails to deal with all of the assets of an estate, the remaining assets fall into an intestacy, and your Executor will need to apply for Letters of Administration; a costly and time-consuming process, which could cost more than the estate is worth.
When a solicitor prepares a Will, they will record evidence about your testamentary capacity, which makes it harder for a disgruntled beneficiary to dispute the Will. Our notes can assist your executor to prove that when you made your Will, you considered all of the matters which need to be considered.
Our experienced solicitors can help you to ensure that your Will deals with your assets as you intend, and can remove unforseen consequences. We can assist with estate planning, which is particularly important in a blended family.
The question is not 'Can I afford to pay a lawyer to draft my Will?', but 'Can my children afford for me not to?'
Our discounted rates for simple Wills mean that whatever your situation, you can afford the peace of mind that a well-drafted Will provides.

Why do I need an Enduring Power of Attorney?

No-one expects to lose capacity to manage one’s own affairs, but it is always a good idea to plan for every eventuality. An Enduring Power of Attorney allows you to authorise someone to make financial and legal decisions and to sign documents on your behalf.
If you are planning to travel, you should ensure that you have a valid Power of Attorney. If something happens while you are overseas, you might need someone to contact your bank on your behalf, for example to un-freeze your accounts. Alternatively, you may need someone to complete official paperwork while you are away, and your Attorney can do so if they have a valid Power of Attorney.
An Enduring Power of Attorney can be activated from the date it is signed, or can take effect only when a person loses mental capacity.

Why do I need an Advance Care Directive?

An Advance Care Directive allows you to appoint a trusted relative or friend to make medical, accommodation and lifestyle decisions on your behalf. The appointment begins only if and when the donor is unable to make personal decisions. The donor may have lost mental capacity permanently, such as through dementia or an acquired brain injury, or it might be temporary, for example if a person is unconscious as the result of an accident or illness.
An Advance Care Directive can also give directions about the types of medical care you wish or refuse, such as end-of-life treatment and resuscitation, and any values or considerations you wish taken into account regarding your treatment.
All fees for standard Wills & Powers of Attorney
are DISCOUNTED for retirees and pensioners.

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