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Power of Attorney

Private Client Solicitors and support staff at ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan

At ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan we believe that everyone should have a Power of Attorney.

A Power of Attorney is a document which appoints one or more trusted individuals to act on your behalf. It is possible to grant a Power of Attorney in relation to financial matters only, or in relation to issues affecting your welfare, or to grant a joint financial and welfare Power of Attorney.

Who Should Have a Power of Attorney in Scotland?

A Power of Attorney is not just something for older people. While certainly, the risk of ill-health or incapacity might increase in later years, none of us knows what the future holds. Having a Power of Attorney in place provides protection for you and assistance for your family or loved ones should they need to step in to help.

Ideally, a Power of Attorney should be granted when you are in good health as it cannot be granted if you are unable to give instructions, whether due to a physical illness or a mental condition. A Power of Attorney granted at this early stage is known as a “protective” Power of Attorney and, once registered, the Power of Attorney can simply be retained indefinitely unless or until it is required.

If you do not have a Power of Attorney in place and can no longer manage your affairs then when needed the only option may be to apply to the court for a guardianship order, which is very costly, time-consuming and can be stressful for all concerned. While none of us likes to consider these things, at ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan we would strongly recommend drawing up a “protective” Power of Attorney, and we would be happy to explain matters further and to discuss whether a Power of Attorney would meet your needs.

If you would like to discuss matters initially we would be delighted to hear from you. Our Barbara Watson is a very experienced solicitor advising clients on wills, powers of attorney, trusts and executries. Barbara is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP).

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