Ministry of Justice campaign – Planning for the future: Choice not chance

Ministry of Justice campaign – Planning for the future: Choice not chance

The MoJ has launched a campaign to educate the public about Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, to see some of their material click here.

It is a concern that over 60% of the adult population of England and Wales does not have a Will leaving their relatives and dependents in an uncertain position should the one certainty in life happen earlier than anticipated. The percentage of those without a Lasting Power of Attoney is even higher as more of us than ever before are likely to succumb to Alzheimers Disease and other age related disorders.

Making a will allows you to decide what happens to your assets after your death and removes any uncertanty about who inherits. Otherwise the laws of intestacy will apply and this may not be what you want nor be in the best interests of your family. Making a Will also enables you to make sure that your estate does not pay any more tax than necessary.

Lasting Powers of Attorney enable individuals to appoint others, known as their Attorneys, normally family members or others whom they trust, to make decisions for them if they are not able to take those decisions themselves through disability, injury, age or incapacity. LPAs are available to enable Attorneys to make decisions about Property & Financal affairs and about Health & Personal Welfare.

Without a LPA relatives would need to apply to the Court of Protection for a Deputy to be appointed to deal with the affairs of their loved one. This is an impersonal, expensive and lengthy process which can be avoided by making a LPA.

We are supporting the MoJ campaign so please call or contact us without obligation for comprehensive unbiased advice about making a Will and/or Lasting Power of Attorney.

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