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Wills and Estate Planning
Elizabeth Russ, Consultant Solicitor with Pharaoh Law explains:
With the majority of us stuck inside our homes during the Covid-19 lockdown, we are having plenty of time to think about our lives, and perhaps about how life will be after the pandemic.
If you don’t have a will, all sorts of complications can follow, not least that those you love may not be provided for at all, or maybe those you would prefer not to inherit what you have worked for will be in line to inherit everything. Even something as simple as making arrangements for your pets can be dealt with in your will – something most of us would not want to leave to chance.
It is more important than ever to ensure that your will is up to date, or if you haven’t made a will, to make one.
You might be wondering how you can make your will/take advice on this if you are self-isolating or in lockdown.
It might surprise you to know that you do not need a face-to-face meeting to discuss arrangements for your will. This can be done on the telephone, email or by skype.
Once we have your instructions to make your will, we can email a draft to you (or send by post if that is preferred) for you to consider. We can make any amendments at that point and then discuss how to finalise your will.
Although two witnesses are required to your signature, we can deal with this, by witnessing your signature from outside the house (through a window) or through the window of your car, enabling us to observe the two-metre rule.
It is more important than ever that everyone has a will in place; and you can be assured that despite the lockdown, this service can still be carried out for you.
Elizabeth Russ, Consultant Solicitor at Pharaoh Law will be very pleased to discuss your requirements with regard to your will, or estate planning.
If you have a will already, but you would like to update it, or have never made a will and would like to make one, then Elizabeth can be contacted for further advice on 01305 819696 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who will stand in for you should you find yourself unwell and admitted to hospital? Are you prepared?
Elizabeth Russ, Consultant Solicitor with Pharaoh Law explains.
Make your Lasting Power of Attorney – more important than ever during the Covid-19 Lockdown
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney. It is possible to make either or both of these Powers. With the current lockdown situation, it is advisable to make both, so that should an admission to hospital be necessary, your wishes with regard to your care, and the management of your finances can be respected.
The first type of Lasting Power of Attorney is the Property and Financial Affairs Power.
This type of Power allows the person or people whom you appoint to be your Attorney(s) to continue to run any portfolio that you may hold; in particular to use an investment manager to mange your assets. (Without specific authority in the Power, your investment manager may refuse to continue to act). Your Attorney(s) will also be able to manage your bank accounts or other investments.
The second type of Lasting Power of Attorney is the Health and Welfare Power.
This type of power allows your Attorney to obtain your medical records (subject to a specific wording in the Power); and to specify whether your Attorney(s) can make decisions in relation to life sustaining treatment.
This type of power can also provide your instructions to your Attorneys as to your wishes in relation to staying in your own home as long as possible, or indeed, if you need to enter residential care, your wishes with regard to where you would want to go.
We would always recommend that you prepare both types of Powers of Attorney if you can.
You don’t need a Solicitor to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney for you but we would always recommend that you do.
Powers of Attorney act like an insurance policy – covering the situation where you may lose mental capacity and be unable to communicate your wishes effectively. Someone else has to ‘take up the reins’ of your life at that point. If the ‘insurance policy’ is not dealt with, a very expensive and lengthy application to the Court of Protection will be required. It is much better to sort out your affairs in advance, than to have to put the responsibility for an expensive court action on to your loved ones, in the event that you unexpectedly lose capacity. Anyone can lose capacity at any time, so this is a prudent step that can be taken by all of us.
We can also provide advice to your Attorneys (if required); as many people may not have previously acted as an Attorney, and may need some assistance when the time comes for them to play this important role
Elizabeth Russ, Consultant Solicitor with Pharaoh Law will be glad to give you advice about Lasting Powers of Attorney or to prepare these for you. Elizabeth can be contacted on 01305 819696 or by email at email@example.com.
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Pharaoh Legal Limited is a limited company registered in England and Wales under No. 10728221 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority SRA NO. 639473
Registered office : Somerleigh Gate, Somerleigh Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1TL
Director and Solicitor : Lisa Pharaoh, BA (HONS) Law with Decision Making Processes
Consultant Solicitor : Elizabeth Russ, MA (HONS) OXON
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