How often do people make Wills in Scotland?

. The most recent research on whether people make Wills in Scotland is, actually, not very recent at all. It was by the former Scottish consumer Council in 2006. Of those surveyed for that study, only 37% had made a will. Older people were more likely to make a [...]

By |2021-05-16T15:42:46+00:00May 15th, 2021|Scottish Law, Scottish Wills|

5 top reasons to make a Scottish Power of Attorney

5 top reasons to make a Scottish Power of Attorney (PoA).   1. To ensure that you are protected. Not making one means that if you have a stroke or dementia then you are in the similar position as those who are uninsured. You cannot obtain insurance after the event [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:19:29+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Scottish Law, Scottish Powers of Attorney|

Can I get a free Power of Attorney, in Scotland, from the Office of the Public Guardian Scotland (OPG)?

Well, yes, in a way because they do provide a template but you will need a lot of time, research and decision-making before you have anything satisfactory. Their template is to be found at http://www.publicguardian-scotland.gov.uk/power-of-attorney/forms-publications. There is an English OPG but English law is different and English PoA's are not for [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:28:29+00:00July 4th, 2018|Scottish Law, Scottish Powers of Attorney|

Why a Power of Attorney is a family’s gift of love

What motivates people to make a Power of Attorney? Seeing many clients in this situation, as I do, raises that question. My opinion is that, mostly, deep down, it is love. That love is, often, hidden by my clients which is not surprising since this is a difficult and emotional [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:49:00+00:00December 25th, 2017|Scottish Law, Scottish Powers of Attorney|

Dementia and Alzheimer’s. What happens when it’s too late for a Power of Attorney in Scotland?

If someone loses mental capacity before they have a Power of Attorney in place, who can manage their finances and welfare? Arranging a Power of Attorney early can save money and avoid problems in later life. Nobody wants to consider what would happen if they or a family member lost [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:49:24+00:00November 19th, 2017|Scottish Law, Scottish Powers of Attorney|