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Now is a good time to get your affairs in order

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Now is a good time to get your affairs in order

None of us like to think about our eventual demise or about the practicalities if we become dependent on the care of others; that is perfectly understandable. However, as a solicitor who has advised many local individuals, couples and families, I can say that those who plan ahead and have ‘those conversations’ about wills and lasting powers of attorney save themselves and their loved ones a lot of unnecessary worry and heartache.

Properly drafted wills and lasting powers of attorney, prepared with appropriate time for discussion with your solicitor, ensure that your estate is passed on in accordance with your wishes and that any arrangements concerning your care can be overseen by someone of your choice. If overlooked or put off, the absence of valid documents that reflect your current wishes and circumstances often have unintended consequences that may cause complications for the very people you cherish and want to support.

Do not assume that ‘the law’ is drawn up in such a way that those you think should benefit from your estate or who might be best placed to oversee your care will, in fact, do so. So, as various Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted, and before the winter months draw near, think about putting ‘those conversations’ about wills and lasting powers of attorney towards the top of your ‘to do’ list. We have made adjustments to our offices in terms of social distancing, hygiene regimes and screens so that if you want to meet to discuss your options when drawing up important legal documents, you can do so. Equally, if you prefer a consultation by telephone or video call, we are perfectly able to progress matters in that way also.

Call any of our offices to arrange a meeting with one of our Private Client team so that you can ensure properly prepared plans in place to safeguard you and your loved ones.

Our articles are intended for general information purposes only and are not a substitute for professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances. We are always very happy to discuss any plans, issues or concerns you may have and to clarify how we might be able to help. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.