2021 has landed and now the Covid-19 vaccination program is well underway enabling us to safely start getting our lives back.
If you’re one of the many who were unable to make an appointment to arrange your Will or Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) due to isolating last year then hopefully the introduction of the vaccine will give you the freedom to get your affairs in order.
2020 highlighted to many the importance of having both a registered property and finance and health and welfare LPA in place. I’m sure many of you can remember Ylenia Angeli who was arrested for trying to remove her mum from a care home to go and stay with her during the pandemic? If a registered health and welfare LPA had been in place the whole sorry saga could have been entirely avoided.
We have all heard about Kate Garraway’s poor husband Derek being left incapacitated by Covid-19. With no property and finance LPA in place Kate was left entirely on the back foot when their car was stolen as the insurance was in Derek’s name and the provider was not obligated to discuss anything with Kate despite her being Derek’s wife. These are just two of the highly publicised examples where having an LPA in place would have completely removed the hurdles that were faced and frustratingly, I have heard many more examples of people coming unstuck due to being under prepared.
Every day my inbox is filled with emails from Will search companies looking to find if someone who has died has left a Will. Time and time again they find that the deceased died intestate (without a Will) leaving family in a difficult and entirely avoidable situation. Having even a simple valid Will in place is better than nothing. Many of my clients have been prompted into arranging their Will as they have been on the receiving end of trying to tie up an estate where there was no Will left. Having experienced the mess that this can cause they quite rightly want to avoid putting their family in that situation when they themselves die.
For more information on either Wills or Lasting Power of Attorney or to make an appointment including, home visits please contact me on 01903 821010 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.