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Power of Attorney Services

When  

you  

grant  

a  

Power  

of  

Attorney  

you  

appoint

someone   

to   

look   

after   

your   

financial   

affairs   

and

also,   

if   

you   

choose,   

to   

make   

decisions   

on   

your

welfare  

(such  

as  

your  

personal  

care,  

what  

medical

treatments you should have etc).

You grant your Attorney Power to do these things  if you are unable to do so as a result of injury or illness, or in the event that you may be working away from home for some time and wish someone else to deal with your finances whilst you are away. When you need to have someone make decisions for you because you are no longer  fully able to make them yourself, it is  too late to do a Power of Attorney. If you do not have one, then the local authority  have to step in and deal with things.  This takes time and costs money. So, be in control, and deal with this important matter yourself.  It means you can be sure that your financial matters are handled  and decisions on your welfare taken by someone you trust who knows what you want to happen.  This avoids complications and stress which can arise should no-one have been appointed by you. Most people wish to appoint a trusted relative or friend to be their Attorney – you may wish to appoint one person to act initially (such as a spouse or partner) with substitute Attorneys (such as your children or nephews/nieces) should your spouse or partner be unable to act as your Attorney in the future.  You can choose whether your Attorneys are to work jointly (all of them having to authorise any transactions) or severally (where one Attorney can authorise a transaction themselves).  Any Attorney must be over the age of 16 years and never declared bankrupt. All Power of Attorney documents do need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) in Scotland in order to be valid.  The current cost that the OPG charges to register these documents is £70. Any Attorney appointed by you would have the authority to deal with your bank, building society, utility providers, mortgage company, credit card companies etc as well as deal with the sale and purchase of property and any business affairs.  An Attorney can do most of the things you do. We can also arrange for Power of Attorney for any elderly or incapacitated friends or relatives provided that they still have mental capacity to grant a Power of Attorney.
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