Are You Prepared?
Our Solicitors at Lightning Legal, are concerned that they are coming across situations where people have passed away without a Will or have became ill and incapable of making decisions for themselves without having in place Enduing Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianships.
People must have legal capacity in order to make valid Wills and to validly appoint Attorneys and Guardians.
A validly drafted, signed and witnessed Will ensures that assets and belongings pass according to a Testator’s wishes in the event of their death. Having a Will also makes the Estate administration process more simple, certain, quick and cost effective for your loved ones.
Powers of Attorney operate while you are alive to enable your Attorney to make legal and financial decisions on your behalf if for any reason you are unable to do so. Private organisations, banks and government departments often require a certified copy of a Power of Attorney document to enable someone other than yourself to manage your affairs.
Enduring Guardians are appointed individuals whom you trust to make health and lifestyle decisions on your behalf if you become sick and unable to do so yourself.
Wills, Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship documents are reasonably inexpensive for your Solicitor to draw up. We recommend that people discuss these matters and consider appointing trusted relatives, friends or professional advisors to be their Executors, Attorneys and/or Guardians as they may require.
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Some government or professional bodies can carry out the role of Executor however high fees may be charged for the performance of Estate administration services when they are required. Solicitors charges are regulated and usually far less. The deceased’s appointed Executors also maintain control over the Estate and the administration process.