Think about everything you have to do in the next week; everything from paying bills to signing your children’s permission slip for a school trip. Now think about this; who would have the authority to act on your behalf if you were incapacitated?
Most of us will instinctively say our husband or wife, or perhaps our parents. However, unless you’ve spelled out exactly who should act on your behalf and what powers he or she should have, there could quickly be problems.
Wallace Quinn partner John Quinn says, “Most of us can imagine the problems caused by not leaving a Will. Something more horrific to all of us, something we don’t ever want to think about is what might happen before we die.”
“Making provision for somebody else to act on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself is one of the hardest but most important decisions you’ll ever make”.
By creating a Power of Attorney, you’ll nominate the person you feel best suited to make the decisions you would make yourself. It’s a document all of us hope will never be needed, but it’s hard to underestimate how important a document it could turn out to be.
At Wallace Quinn, we work with individuals but we understand the needs of families. That’s why we’re proud to be a traditional family lawyer, here when you need us for whatever you need in life.