Powers of Attorney and Guardianships

Power of Attorney and Guardianships Solicitors Aberdeen & Stonehaven

Powers of Attorney will provide you with peace of mind and the confidence to know that your affairs will be adequately looked after should you be unable to look after them yourself. If you have elderly relatives who are having difficulty managing their own financial or business affairs, then they may wish to consider granting a Power of Attorney. This document could authorise a nominated individual, it could be a relative, a friend or a professional person, to sign documents on the granter’s behalf. Even although it may not be required immediately, it is certainly a sensible precaution to have one in place.

A Power of Attorney can also be prepared to cover welfare matters. The nominated individual would then be able to take decisions about the persons care, accommodation and medical treatment. These are important concepts in modern society and in many cases medical professionals and social workers are recommending that such a welfare power of attorney is in place before making arrangements for care.

The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 changed the way Powers of Attorney are dealt with in Scotland requiring the documents to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before being operated. James & George Collie can provide advice on the appropriate documents to meet the requirements of a client and his or her family, and give detailed guidance on this matter.

If someone has already lost capacity and is unable to manage their financial or welfare affairs, then there are certain procedures that can be followed by applying to the Sheriff Court for powers to allow someone to carry out these functions for the individual. The end result is often either a Guardianship Order or an Intervention Order. Once again, James & George Collie can offer guidance and assistance in this matter and prepare the documentation required. We can also assist in the whole management of a person’s financial affairs.

Read our guide explaining Power of Attorneys in Scotland here.

Contact our Power of Attorney Solicitors based in Aberdeen today

At James & George Collie, we pride ourselves on our reputation for offering a high-quality service at a fair price. Our Aberdeen-based team of Power of Attorney solicitors are friendly and approachable and will guide you through every stage clearly and carefully. With over 175 years of practising law in the North-East, we are trusted by generations of families to provide accurate, reliable legal advice in plain English and free of legal jargon. No matter your circumstances, you can depend on our solicitors at James & George Collie.

For information and advice please contact Forbes McLennan on 01224 581581 or otherwise please complete our online contact form.

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