At Otten Penna, we can help you ensure that your affairs are in order and help you prepare for a time when you are not there to look after your loved ones.
Wills and Lasting Power of Attorneys
It is never easy to contemplate a time when you are no longer here. But one thing we all have in common is the desire to cause as little suffering as possible to those we leave behind. For that reason, it’s as important to plan properly for the event of your demise.
What happens if I don’t have a Will?
Not having a Will can add an extra burden to your nearest and dearest at the time of your death. It can cause delay and expense in administering your wishes, and can cause upset if you haven’t made your funeral wishes known.
If you die without making a Will, the state steps in and this can mean that the people you care about are not provided for. Even if you are married or are in a Civil Partnership, the provisions for your spouse orcivil partner are limited and could be inadequate.
If you are unmarried and in a heterosexual relationship or in a same sex relationship that is not registered under the Civil Partnership Act, your partner could be left with nothing, even losing the roof over their head.
How can we help?
Wills Drafting Services
We always advise using a solicitor because of the legal pitfalls to be avoided, and we also ensure that your Will is fully suited to your individual wishes and circumstances.We offer a fast and efficient service that is friendly and personal. There are other important reasons for making a will, including:
- To choose who administers your Estate.
- To appoint a Guardian for your children if they are under 18 and ensure that they are provided for.
- To provide for someone with a disability.
- To minimise the impact of Inheritance Tax.
Lasting Power of Attorney
Lasting Power of Attorney (POA, LPA or LPOA) gives you peace of mind that someone will be acting in your best interests should you lose your mental capacity, you can nominate a family member or friend to make these decisions for you. An LPOA allows you to appoint a trusted person (the attorney) to act on your behalf:
- Property and finance LPA – your attorney has the authority to manage your assets in the same way you do, including paying bills, buying and selling property and looking after your investments
- Personal welfare LPA – your attorney can determine where you live, access your medical information and even be involved in decisions about your treatment.
We also offer a specialist service in relation to the following:
- Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Applications to the Court of Protection
- Living Wills
If you find it difficult to get in to our office in Northenden or to see us in working hours we will do our
best to visit you elsewhere or at a time that is convenient to you. Our charges are competitive, please see
Our Fees page for more information.