This week marks 'Dying Matters Awareness Week' which aims to give people an opportunity to talk about dying, death and bereavement. This year the focus is on the 'big conversation’. The aim is to encourage people to plan for the future as well as to discuss their wishes with their loved ones. Talking about dying and bereavement is a difficult conversation to have, but is very important.
Not everyone likes talking about making a Will. It’s crucial though as it allows you to record your wishes. If you don’t make a Will, your estate will be distributed under the intestacy rules. This could mean your estate is divided in a way you neither want nor expect. A Will can be especially important for people who live together but are unmarried. If the property they live in is in one name only, difficulties can arise if the owner dies. Without a Will, the property could pass to the owner’s family members under the intestacy rules leaving the unmarried survivor in an uncertain position. A Will lets you choose someone you trust to finalise your affairs and make sure your estate goes where you want it to.
Have you ever thought about what might happen if you can no longer make decisions about your daily routine, medical treatment or finances? Many people would rather give such important responsibilities to people they know rather than a stranger. A Lasting Power of Attorney lets you do this.
There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Once covers decisions about your health and welfare. The other covers decisions about your property and finances.
Anyone over the age of 18, who is able to make decisions for themselves, can make a Lasting Power of Attorney. If you don't, and then lose your ability to make decisions, someone will need to apply to court. This can be a long and expensive process. The court will ultimately decide who makes decisions for you.
With the right advice from our experienced team of solicitors, you can make sure you put the plans in place that are right for you. Please don’t hesitate to call us on 01616 966 229.