Wills and Executries

Whether it's you or someone you love, thinking about what happens to a person's property and finances after their death can be very uncomfortable.

However, to ignore the issue can make life very difficult for surviving relatives.

Making a will simply means that, when you die, your estate is distributed quickly and in accordance with your wishes. It also means you can appoint guardians for your children if required, and give details of funeral arrangements.

When someone dies without a will they are known as 'intestate'. This often leads to the appointment of executors through a court which can be a costly and time-consuming process.

At Forsyth Solicitors, we can work with you to prepare a will exactly to your wishes, while also taking account of trust provisions and tax efficiency.

Powers of Attorney

Power of Attorney (POA) is the authorisation to act on someone else's behalf in legal matters. This becomes particularly important if the person may become incapable of taking care of their own affairs, perhaps due to age, illness or living abroad.

There are different types of POA covering health, welfare and care, financial decisions, or a combination of the two.

Even if you grant a POA you can continue acting on your own behalf - the document simply sits redundant until it is required. However, early action is recommended as, in the absence of a POA, a guardian has to be appointed leading to costly and lengthy court proceedings.

If you prefer to discuss these personal issues in a more familiar environment, we are happy to arrange home visits at a time to suit you.

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