Powers of Attorney Edinburgh: Protecting Your Financial and Welfare Interests

January 7, 2023 by QLAdmin

2023 offers an opportunity to consider the future and prioritise our concerns. It is essential to understand the importance of a Continuing and Welfare Power of Attorney. This legal document appoints attorneys to protect a person’s financial and welfare interests during their lifetime and specifies who can act on their behalf if they need assistance. This article will discuss the meaning, importance and functions of a Power of Attorney and why everyone should consider granting one in 2023.

What a Power of Attorney Means

A Power of Attorney grants a trusted individual the authority to manage someone else’s affairs when that person is unable to act on their own behalf for any reason.

Why a Power of Attorney is Important

Although often associated with the older generation, anyone who runs a business, owns property, or has money in a bank should consider granting a Power of Attorney. Both young and elderly individuals may become ill or incapacitated; having a Power of Attorney in place is similar to having an insurance policy. Consult Quill Legal, Power of Attorney lawyer in Edinburgh for assistance.

What a Power of Attorney Can Do

A Power of Attorney enables the attorney to deal with various aspects of the granter’s health and welfare if that person loses capacity. Granting a Power of Attorney when you still have capacity allows you to select trusted individuals to assist you and make decisions. This process will provide peace of mind knowing that your affairs will be   managed according to your preferences.

Why Everyone Should Consider Granting a Power of Attorney

Without a Power of Attorney, the alternative is to apply to the court for the appointment of a guardian, which will be more costly and time-consuming. Contrary to popular belief,  family members or spouses do not automatically have legal authority to make decisions on a person’s behalf regarding their welfare or finances. The guardianship process involves input from medical professionals, the local authority and the court. Additionally, the emotional and practical challenges faced by family, business colleagues and friends during this time must be considered.

In conclusion, granting a Power of Attorney is a proactive and essential step in planning for the future. It ensures that your financial and welfare interests are protected by trusted individuals when you need assistance. Consult Quill Legal, Power of Attorney Solicitor in Edinburgh to help you make this important decision in 2023.

Quill Legal Power of Attorney Lawyers Edinburgh are ready to assist you if you would like to know more or are ready to proceed. To make an appointment please use the contact or call back form on the website or email : kay@quilllegal.co.uk or call the office on : 0131 564 1044

Kay Blaikie

Principal of the Firm

Get in touch with me when you need reliable legal advice on any aspect of Executries, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Notarial services.

Email: kay@quilllegal.co.uk
Telephone: 0131 564 1044