National Power of Attorney Day
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
If ill health or an accident means you can’t make decisions for yourself, who do you want to make them for you?
Did you know that without legal authority your next of kin can’t make any financial or welfare decisions for you, even if an accident or illness means you can’t make decisions for yourself? Every year thousands of people across Scotland lose capacity, it could be an accident, a head injury, a stroke or an ongoing progressive illness. The only way you can plan for your future is to appoint someone with Power of Attorney.
A Power of Attorney is intended to ensure that your financial affairs and personal welfare can be dealt with/protected in the event of you being unable to act on your behalf. No one has an automatic right to do this including your next of kin. Anyone over the age of 16 can grant a Power of Attorney – accidents or illness can occur at any age. Crucially, a Power of Attorney must be set up and registered before it is needed, while the ‘granter’ is capable of making their own decisions. At Cullen Kilshaw we advise our clients to make arrangements earlier in life in order to avoid the difficulties and expense of navigating the court system at what will be an already challenging time when someone reaches the stage of being unable to look after their finances and welfare themselves.
Free Advice Surgery
To encourage you to talk about Power of Attorney and whether you need, or need to give someone, the legal powers that Power of Attorney provides, Cullen Kilshaw is running a free advice surgery on national Power of Attorney Day on Wednesday, 20th November 2019. This is an opportunity for you to gain an understanding of your legal rights and the best route you can take to plan for your future with a Power of Attorney, we can also talk to you about will preparation, and what the cost implications might be for taking further legal action to have a Power of Attorney or will set out by a solicitor for the protection of you and your loved ones.
At our free advice surgery you will be able to see one of our solicitors or private client specialists in a private consultation. The consultation will last around 20 minutes and we will try to answer as many of your questions as we can without overloading you with too much information. As part of the free session, we will provide advice on options to take matters forward, but if that’s not what you’re looking to do straight away then hopefully you will leave with a better understanding of Power of Attorney to make plans for your future.
Our free advice surgery will take place at our offices at Waverley Chambers in the Interchange building in Galashiels from 10am to 4pm. Please drop-in on the day or simply call us now on tel. 01896 800 800 to make an advance appointment and secure a time on Wednesday, 20th November that suits you.