With everyone familiar with the phrase ‘buy now, pay later’, Hattons is trying to make people aware of an issue that could be classed as ‘act now, don’t pay later’.
“The need to protect yourself both now and in the future by organising a Power of Attorney as soon as possible is one that not many people tend to think about, but it really is very important,” says David Merrills, Hattons solicitor. “A lot of people think that Power of Attorneys are only for the elderly who may be starting to lose capacity, but these documents should be sorted out as early as possible and treated almost as an insurance-type document. If people can organise this as early as possible, rather than waiting until something happens years down the line, it can save a lot of time, effort and money.”
Hattons offers a dedicated team of experts who can explain the law and practical realities of Power of Attorney and who are able to visit people at home, work or other locations such as care homes or hospitals in order to ensure this vital matter is taken care of.
“It really is an issue that we try to make clients aware of as much as possible,” adds David. “For people who don’t have a Power of Attorney in place, should the worst happen, then they can be left in potential difficulty, which can be both expensive and time consuming to resolve. When someone loses their mental capacity their loved ones may be forced to try and obtain a Guardianship Order, which costs approximately three times as much as a Power of Attorney and takes months to secure. By making a simple appointment with us and dealing with this matter quickly and efficiently, all this stress and hassle can be avoided. It really is a case of act now and you won’t pay later.”