Mark the date in your diary. 20th November 2019 is Power of Attorney Day across Scotland. Health and Social Care Scotland has now embarked on a national Power of Attorney campaign. They plan to raise awareness and encourage people from all areas and of all ages to consider a Power of Attorney. The campaign is called “People like you” and 29 of the 31 Scottish Health and Social Care Partnerships are signing up.
According to the My Power of Attorney website “By ‘Starting the Conversation’ we hope to encourage people to think seriously about whether they need, or need to give someone, the legal powers that Power of Attorney provides. By working with colleagues across the public, private and voluntary sector, we have developed an information pack which will give advice on arranging suitable legal expertise and make the process of finding out about and arranging Power of Attorney as straightforward as possible.” You can read more about the campaign by clicking here.
We’re delighted to be part of this campaign. It explains why making a Power of Attorney is an important thing to do, no matter what age you are. It allows you to appoint someone you trust to deal with things you can’t do for yourself. This is important should you sustain an accident or have an illness that means you can’t deal with those things yourself.
Powers of Attorney are becoming more and more popular
Powers of Attorney have become more and more popular year on year. Some believe they’re like an insurance policy to make sure your affairs are looked after properly. With an ageing population in Scotland, it becomes inevitable that more of us will suffer from some form of dementia. You may have experienced this very sad and damaging illness in an elderly relative. Should such a situation arise in your family and your loved one doesn’t have a Power of Attorney in place, you might need to have a Guardian appointed to manage his or her affairs. That doesn’t come cheap and the appointment can take time, just when time is something you might not have.
You can read more about Powers of Attorney by clicking here.
So, whilst Power of Attorney day is on 20th November this year, you don’t have to wait until then. Get in touch with us now and we’ll look after everything for you.