There are various types of power of attorney that you can apply for, for when you can no longer look after your own affairs. Our expert solicitors can help. 

Types of Power of Attorney

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Power of Attorney

A power of attorney gives someone else permission to make decisions on your behalf, regarding money, property, health, and personal welfare. It usually sets out what you would want to happen in the future, if you could no longer look after your own affairs. Due to the nature of a power of attorney, it is important to take advice from a solicitor.

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If you are thinking of appointing someone as an Attorney, we can help. Our solicitors are ready to advise you.

Continuing Power of Attorney

A continuing power of attorney is used to give another person the power to act on your behalf in respect of your financial affairs. This is effective when you are still able but will also continue in the future if you no longer have the capacity to look after your own affairs. A continuing power of attorney is only appropriate for use in Scotland. 

What Powers Your Continuing Power of Attorney Will Have

Your continuing power of attorney will have power over your financial affairs, as well as other particular powers, including: 

  • Collecting pensions, or other money due to you
  • Dealing with bank accounts 
  • Signing financial documents and entering any contracts

Welfare Power of Attorney

A welfare power of attorney is used to give another person the power to act on your behalf in respect of your own personal welfare, for example healthcare and social needs. Your welfare power of attorney will have the legal authority to act on your behalf, but only if one or more doctors have certified that you no longer have the capacity to do so yourself. This means that you must draw up the agreement when you are still capable of understanding what you are doing. A welfare power of attorney is only appropriate for use in Scotland.

What Powers Your Welfare Power of Attorney Will Have

Your welfare power of attorney will have power over your personal welfare, as well as other particular powers, including:

  • Deciding on your care arrangements
  • Deciding where you should live
  • Having access to confidential health records 
  • Making medical treatment decisions

Documentations

The financial powers of a continuing power of attorney can be given to your attorney immediately after signing. However, the welfare attorney powers are only effective when one or more doctors have certified that you have become incapable of managing your own affairs.

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Get In Touch With Our Expert Power of Attorney Solicitors

If you need expert legal advice on creating power of attorney documents, whether it is for a general power of attorney, continuing power of attorney, or a welfare power of attorney. Our solicitors at Neil Kilcoyne & Co can help and take you through the process step by step. Get in touch with us today.