POWER OF ATTORNEY SPECIALISTS IN GLASGOW
A power of attorney is a valuable tool that can help your family manage your affairs – such as personal finances and medical care – should you lose the capacity to make decisions on your own. Speak to the team at A.S. Wagner Solicitors today to discuss your needs in full.
ENSURING YOUR AFFAIRS ARE IN ORDER
They offer valuable peace of mind, allowing you to rest assured knowing everything is in place and that decisions are made by the people who care about you.
A power of attorney is typically given to someone close to you, such as a direct family member (brothers, sisters, adult children etc.). It gives them a range of powers, allowing them to make important decisions on your behalf.
WHAT POWERS DO THEY GIVE?
A power of attorney gives your appointee (the attorney) the legal authority to make a range of decisions on your behalf. Specific agreements may vary, but examples include:
Dealing with local authorities, such as the council
Whether you should be placed in a care home
Whether you should receive medical treatment
General welfare and daily care arrangements
They cannot be used to make decisions you cannot normally do (e.g. something illegal), go against any advanced decisions you made (e.g. if you refuse certain medical treatments), or deprive liberties and rights. This ensures your chosen attorney can act on your behalf, but also ensures you are protected as an individual.
WHAT TYPES ARE THERE?
There are two main types you should consider:
Ordinary/limited: these are used when you want someone to make decisions over a temporary period (e.g. if you are abroad, or temporarily ill/injured), and typically limited to financial decisions.
Lasting: these are lifelong agreements covering health, welfare and financial decisions. These are made whilst you still have the ability to make decisions for yourself and can only be cancelled by yourself (providing you still have the mental capacity) or the attorney.
The team at A.S. Wagner Solicitors look after your individual requirements and offer sound advice throughout the process. This ensures that you’re always on top of your affairs and when the time comes for you to pass on such responsibility, we’re here every step of the way.