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No Will in Scotland?

So what, you might ask.

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These are amongst the possible results:-
Your loved ones will be (even more) upset because no-one knows what to do or who is in charge.

Who you want to inherit might well not.

A court action will be needed.

It will be more expensive to wind up your estate.

The family might go to war.

Your wishes for your remains may be unknown or, if known, ignored.

Your wishes for a service (or wishes for no service) may be unknown or, if known, ignored.

These are just examples. There are other potential pitfalls for you and your family.

Don’t leave it too late!

The BBC said it was easy and took just 10 minutes to make a Will on my website.

Look for yourself – you pay nothing until you are satisfied.

Bruce de Wert
Solicitor
www.MyScottishWill.co.uk

Why a Power of Attorney is a family’s gift of love

What motivates people to make a Power of Attorney?

Seeing many clients in this situation, as I do, raises that question. My opinion is that, mostly, deep down, it is love.

That love is, often, hidden by my clients which is not surprising since this is a difficult and emotional subject as it is associated with old age, potential  dementia and general worries about family.

Different sides of the family show that love in different ways.

 

For parents, it is a gift of certainty. Once made, everybody knows what role they have to play and they know that, if it is needed, there will be no stressful Guardianship court action and no delay. Sadly, the truth is that when you need a PoA, you need it now, not some months down the line once you’ve negotiated Solicitors and the courts. Incidentally, my system has guides for everybody involved and, so, everybody knows what is required of them.

For children, it is a gift of care. Just as parents cared for their growing children, so there may come a time when the children will need to care for their parents. By being an Attorney, they are giving a big thank you to Mum and Dad.

 

 

 

If you’re reading this and you are out of your comfort zone, then you are not alone. Both parents and children think that the other will be upset to talk about this subject. However, that is not, in fact, my experience. Parents, particularly, are very happy to talk about such practical stuff! Just as they know that making a will is necessary, a Power of Attorney is, these days, a topic which needs to be thought about – and talked about.

MyScottishAttorney is unique because, once talked about, you can do it, there and then, without leaving home. It just takes a few minutes if you have everybody’s names and addresses. And you can do it together. No waiting for appointments with Solicitors. Of course, you will need to see a doctor to have it signed off but that’s no stress.

Share this with your siblings and parents and, by doing so, challenge them to think out of their comfort zone! You and they won’t regret it.

More information at MyScottishAttorney

Bruce de Wert

Bruce de Wert

 

Dementia and Alzheimer’s. What happens when it’s too late for a Power of Attorney in Scotland?


If someone loses mental capacity before they have a Power of Attorney in place, who can manage their finances and welfare?
Arranging a Power of Attorney early can save money and avoid problems in later life.
Nobody wants to consider what would happen if they or a family member lost capacity to make their own decisions.
But if you leave it too late to put a Continuing Power of Attorney in place, you risk a court appointing a stranger rather than a trusted friend or relative.
It’s not an automatic right that a next of kin takes on dealing with your affairs. If you have or a parent has just been diagnosed with dementia, for example, it is vital to consider a Continuing and Welfare Power of Attorney. The Continuing part deals with the financial side and the Welfare with medical treatment and personal matters.
This allows allows you to choose one or more people to handle your financial and property affairs, alongside making decisions about your health and welfare.
However, this can only be done when you have mental capacity – the ability to make sound decisions.
This is as important as making a Will in these days when people are living longer.
By the way, a diagnosis of dementia does NOT mean it too late.
If no PoA is in place, someone has to apply to the Sheriff Court to become a Guardian before they can deal with matters on your behalf.
At a stressful and upsetting point, this takes a long time. It is, also, expensive costing some thousands of pounds.
If a relative is not appointed, a professional will be and there will be ongoing costs.
Better, all in all, to avoid that and the easiest and most affordable way is at www.MyScottishAttorney.co.uk.
You can have it, in the next half-hour, for yourself or relative, like your Mum and Dad, and, although you need to go to see a doctor (or Solicitor) to have it signed off, the rest is all dealt with at home.

Bruce de Wert
Scottish Solicitor

Bruce is a Solicitor who, as Director of the company behind MyScottishAttorney, makes the complicated simple.
You can make  a Scottish Will or a Scottish Power of Attorney for yourself or your loved one.

 

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