By preparing your Will, whether it is straight forward or more detailed, you can ensure that who you want to benefit from your assets will do so in as straight forward way as possible. You can also decide who you would want to look after your estate. A professionally prepared Will can provide both you and your family security and peace of mind. (Please see the notes under Individual Wills and estate planning for more details.)
I offer a friendly, but professional and pragmatic approach towards advising on Wills and related matters. I also understand many of the issues that you, and your family, may well be going through with the various factors and demands of military life, having been part of it myself.
If you need to prepare your Will quickly, such as due to operational or exercise requirements, this will be arranged for you. My aim is to make the whole Will making process as straight forward, stress free and user friendly as possible.
Lasting Powers of Attorney and Powers of Attorney
There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) that enable you to authorise your attorneys to look after your affairs, should you either wish them to, or should they need to, due to your no longer being able to manage your own affairs. This could be due to your being away on operations, exercise or overseas postings, or due to health issues. (Please see Individuals – Powers of Attorney for more details).
The two types of LPA are:
- Property and Financial Affairs LPA
These give your attorneys the authority to look after your property and financial affairs for you, such as your bank accounts.
These give your attorneys the authority to make decisions for you regarding both medical matters, such as what medical treatment you do, or don`t have, and where you live. (Unlike the Property LPAs, these can only be used by your attorneys if you had lost, or were losing, your mental faculties.)
LPAs need to be registered with the Office of Public Guardian before they can be used, and this can take several weeks. If you need a power of attorney put in place quickly, again, such as due to operational or exercise requirements, a different power of attorney (a general power of attorney) can be prepared for you as a stop gap before the LPAs can be completed.