More of us are living longer – improved diets, advances in healthcare and better housing and social conditions are giving us more time to enjoy life and be with those we care most about.

While increased life expectancy brings such opportunities, it also presents some challenges, such as planning for a time when we might have to rely on someone else to make important decisions on our behalf.

One of the legal planning measures available, that can ensure peace of mind for the future, is granting a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney allows you to select a family member, partner, friend or professional adviser to make financial or welfare related decisions on your behalf should there be a time when you are unable to do so yourself. A Power of Attorney can also be used, whilst you retain mental and physical capacity, when it is inconvenient for you to manage your affairs. For example, you may want a trusted friend or family member to manage your affairs in the UK while you are abroad.

Another measure available is an Advance Medical Directive (also known as an Advance Decision or Living Will). While these are not legally binding, they are a widely recognised way of recording the medical treatment you may or may not wish to receive in the future. It is important that these are carefully drafted so that your wishes are clearly and specifically communicated to the medical professional responsible for your treatment.

If you are looking to plan for the future and help ease what could be a difficult situation should you be unable to make decisions on your own behalf, our specialist solicitors can help you put arrangements in place that are tailored to your individual circumstances.

Power of Attorney Lawyers, Edinburgh

We clearly outline the implications from initial contact, helping to dispel the mystery behind the law and legal process. Our highly personal service reflects our culture, which is centred on integrity and trust, and the expert guidance we provide has been designed to be an investment, not an expense. For more information, please contact us today.

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