When considering your Will, which deals with what happens to your estate after your death, it is
worthwhile also considering what would happen if you were unable to manage your affairs
yourself whilst still alive. Who would make those decisions about your finances or welfare?
The legal solution to this situation is to put in place a Power of Attorney. This gives someone else the
legal authority to act on your behalf.
There are two types of Power of Attorney and these state specifically what your attorneys can
and can’t do with regards to your personal welfare and affairs.
Both types of POA give someone (usually a family member or friend) the authority to act on your behalf
in the event of illness, absence, extended holiday or business absence or just because you would prefer
someone to deal with matters on your behalf.
General Power of Attorney:
This is a very affordable option, can be set up easily and can be used without it having to be registered.
The General Power of Attorney (GPA) cannot be used for decisions concerning medical or personal
welfare and cannot be used if you become mentally incapacitated.
See attached PDF – General Power of Attorney – An explanation
Lasting Power of Attorney:
The Lasting Power of Attorney is separated in to two parts. The first deals with Property and Financial
Affairs or PFA. The second deals with Health and Personal Welfare or HW. If both are required then
separate LPA documents must be completed on each. LPA’s must also be registered at the Office of
Public Guardian (OPG) and can continue to be used after a person has lost mental capacity.
See attached PDF – Lasting Powers of Attorney – An explanation
People often assume incorrectly that
when they die, their estate or worldly
goods will go to their family.
Trusts are commonly used to protect
property after death, or to protect
money for a minor.
As part of our Will drafting process, at
PWP we carry out a fully confidential
The amount of work required in
administering an estate through
probate can be huge.
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