What is a Power of Attorney?
A Power of Attorney is a legal document whereby an individual appoints someone as their Attorney, to make decisions and act on their behalf either immediately or at some point in the future. The powers of the Attorney can relate to property and finances and/or welfare, these are known as Continuing and Welfare Powers of Attorney. In order to grant a Power of Attorney the individual must have full legal capacity.
When is a Power of Attorney helpful or necessary?
Your next of kin is powerless without a Power of Attorney. Many clients are surprised to discover that without a Power of Attorney their spouse and/or children will not be allowed to make decisions on their behalf.
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