With the start of the new decade, we hoped that with the finalising of Brexit, we would have more certainty in our domestic policies. We all hoped that 2020 was going to be a good year. Unfortunately, this optimism was short-lived following the outbreak of coronavirus.
Making plans to protect your affairs
Whilst we are all in lockdown and with the worry of becoming ill, many clients have contacted us to put their affairs in order and make strategic plans for their legal affairs by making that Will that they had been putting off or making changes to their current Wills and creating Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA).Contact a member of our team today to find out how we can help
Have you discussed your preferences?
It is essential that we discuss our preferences, wishes, feelings and beliefs around finances, medical and healthcare decisions and have those difficult conversations around end of life treatment and death.
However, while these conversations set out what you would like to happen, it is essential to formalise your wishes in law to eliminate any potential doubt and provide legal validity as to what you wish to happen.
Have you recorded your wishes?
End of life is a difficult conversation to have but it is an essential aspect of planning and making sure your voice is heard and followed. It is crucial for your views to be recorded and if you are unable to give instructions, then the people you trust the most can do so on your behalf through their legal status by way of best interests, through an LPA.
An LPA can be a useful tool in supporting your wishes, especially if later, you are unable to give instructions due to mental incapacity. There are two types of LPA, the financial and property and affairs LPA, which allows another to manage your finances and a health and welfare LPA which covers medical and social care. However, it is essential that any decision to appoint another is carefully chosen and that you have considered all the options open to you.Contact us about making an LPA
Safeguard your future
Many clients are worried about dying and there is understandably a lot of fear right now. To avoid any doubt as to who is entitled to your possessions and who has the legal authority to deal with your estate it is essential that you review your Will and make sure it follows your wishes.
Seeking specialist independent legal advice is critical to safeguard your future and to give you and your loved ones some aspect of certainty and peace of mind, in a time of worry and turmoil.Contact us about making or updating a will
If you wish to ensure that your affairs are in order, our Wills, Trusts and Probate Team can still provide you with professional legal advice to ensure that your arrangements are up to date and meet your needs during this difficult time.