Wills, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
Planning for the future
A Will that has been well written and carefully thought out is more than just a legal technicality. It is an opportunity for you to recognise and provide for all those people or organisations that you care about. We write hundreds of Wills every year so the chances are that whatever you want, we’ll know the best way to do it.
It is important to make sure that what you own ends up where you want. Even a Will that is very simple will make it easier to deal with your estate, saving time and money.
You can give money or possessions to friends, family or charities, and you can choose who will deal with all the paperwork to ensure that your wishes are put into effect. If you have young children you should also think carefully about who would act as guardians if the worst should happen.
In a slightly more complicated Will you can also:
Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to choose who will make decisions and if necessary sign documents for you if you are unable or unavailable to do so yourself. Often this will be because of failing health, but it could also be because of travel commitments or purely for convenience. The importance of getting good advice before signing such a powerful document hardly needs to be stated.
There are different types of Power of Attorney. The most common is a Lasting Power of Attorney, but there are also General Powers, Trustee Powers and Special Powers of Attorney. We will explain the options available, and help you to choose which is best for your particular circumstances.
Having a Power of Attorney in place can:
If you are ill, you would usually only receive medical treatment after discussing your options with a doctor. If you have strong views or particular ethical or religious beliefs about the nature of treatment offered you can make these known, and if necessary refuse certain types of treatment.
However in some circumstances (such as after a stroke, or if you are unconscious or suffering from dementia) that discussion cannot take place and medical treatment must be given in accordance with what a doctor considers to be your best interests. This may result in unwanted medical intervention, and even a life being prolonged against a person’s wishes. This unwanted treatment can be prevented if you have signed a ‘Living Will’.
A Living Will is more correctly called an ‘Advance Decision’ and they have only been recognised and enforceable since October 2007. It allows you to state in advance if there is any medical treatment that you wish to refuse, and in what circumstances that refusal would apply. Provided your wishes are recorded in the correct legal format, your doctor is bound to act as you have directed.
We will steer you through the process of drawing up a Living Will. We will give you clear guidance about the sorts of decisions you can and cannot make in advance, and ensure that your wishes are clearly and accurately recorded.
For complete peace of mind
There are many reasons to have your legal documents written by a professional. Wills, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney are among the most important documents that you will ever sign, and you need to get them right.
Windeatts lawyers have a wealth of knowledge and technical expertise that will ensure that your wishes are accurately recorded and legally watertight. Like all Solicitors practices, we are fully qualified and regulated so you can have peace of mind that we will provide you with both expert advice and a high standard of care.
What sets us apart from other firms is that we go out of our way to put you at ease. We believe that you will receive the best possible service only if you feel free to talk to us about what can sometimes be complex or emotional issues. We’ll listen first and when we give you advice we’ll do so without jargon.
And since we offer a wide range of legal advice across the firm, you can be assured that if you need further information about any other aspect of your personal or business affairs we can help with that too.
Finally, we believe that you should only pay for what you need. We won’t try to sell you complicated and expensive packaged deals, and once we have understood what you want, we’ll agree a price and stick to it.
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