Gordon McNab Sorley Henderson
Powers of Attorney
Granting Powers of Attorney give your family members or close friends the right to assist
you with your affairs if you fall ill and cannot deal with matters for yourself. If you lose
capacity and have not appointed an Attorney to deal with matters on your behalf, your
immediate family (who may not necessarily be the people you would have chosen) will have
to apply to the Court for a Guardianship Order and this can be expensive and can take a
long time to be granted.
We recommend that you appoint an Attorney while you still can!
Advance Directive (also known as a Living Will)
This is a formal legal document, which states your “end of life” treatment wishes. It tells
your doctors and your family what treatments you want or might not want if you became
terminally ill, seriously injured, in a coma, in the late stages of dementia or near the end of
life. By planning ahead you get the medical care you want. It takes the diffi cult decisions
away from your family members!
Making your Will
Making a Will is one of the most important things you can do, after all it determines how
your personal possessions and hard earned savings will be shared amongst your family
and friends. Failure to make a Will can pose major diffi culties for those left behind. If you
don’t have a Will, your assets will be distributed according to The Laws of Intestacy for
Scotland. Most people believe that a surviving spouse will automatically inherit everything,
this is not always the case. The value of your assets, and what family survive you,
determines how your assets are divided. It may be that people you would not wish to
inherit from your estate do so because you didn’t make time to make a Will.
Why not contact us on 01631 562317 / fax 01631 566288.
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