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Services - Powers of Attorney

It is important to consider that, at some point in the future, it may become difficult or inconvenient for you to take actions or make decisions, for whatever reason. It may be useful to have arrangements in place for someone to do these things for you. A Power of Attorney allows you to select a family member, a partner, a friend or a professional adviser to make financial, or welfare related, decisions on your behalf should you be unable to do so yourself. A Power of Attorney is not only set up as an arrangement should you become unable to act through mental or physical incapacity, it can be also used when it is inconvenient for you to manage your affairs yourself. For example, you may want a trusted friend to manage your affairs in the UK while you are abroad.

With a Power of Attorney in place, you will have peace of mind that there is someone to handle your affairs should you be unable to do so yourself. The absence of a Power of Attorney can lead to considerable inconvenience and cost. We recommend that everyone who has a Will also considers putting an effective and valid Power of Attorney in place.

Advanced Medical Directives

You may also wish to consider putting an Advanced Medical Directive (“Living Will”) in place. This records your wishes regarding medical treatment which you may or may not wish to receive in the future. This requires careful drafting to ensure that your wishes are clear to the medical professionals treating you and we can help you to consider exactly what you want to say and how best to say it.

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Peter Shand Partner

Peter Shand

Peter is a Partner and advises private clients on Wills, estate and tax planning, asset protection and charity law.

Before joining Murray Beith Murray, Peter worked as a corporate lawyer and he now advises on succession/wealth planning in the context of trusts, companies, partnerships, and other corporate vehicles. Peter’s expertise also covers inheritance and capital gains tax advice.

Peter is a dual qualified solicitor (Scotland and England/Wales). He is experienced in dealing with cross border issues relating to succession planning and trusts and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He also provides general financial advice and has membership of the Personal Finance Society.

Active in the Arts, Peter is currently a non-executive Director of Magnetic North Theatre Productions. He has experience of advising those involved in the charity sector on governance issues, legal structures and the set up/reorganisation of charities.

Areas of work

  • Estate planning (including taxation issues)
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Trusts/Companies/Partnerships
  • English law
  • Charities

Andrew Paterson Partner

Andrew Paterson

Andrew has over 10 years of experience advising individuals, families, trusts and charities throughout the UK and overseas.

Andrew’s specialities include Will drafting, tax and estate planning, all aspects of the Adults with Incapacity legislation (particularly Powers of Attorney and Guardianship Orders), complex trust queries (particularly trust reorganisations and the taxation of trusts) and the administration of complex and valuable executry estates.

Andrew also advises in relation to all aspects of Charity Law including establishment, reorganisation, governance issues and the duties of charity trustees.

He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a former tutor in the Private Client Course of the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh.

Areas of work

  • Wills
  • Estate Planning (including Taxation issues)
  • Trust Law
  • Powers of Attorney/Guardianship Orders
  • Charity Law

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