When considering having a Will drawn up, most people do not even give a thought to Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianships.
Tony believes these documents are just as vital as having a Will.
Consideration should be given to appointing a person with the legal authority to look after your financial affairs on your behalf. This person, called an "attorney", can be appointed to act for you in a variety of circumstances – for instance if you are taking an extended holiday or for when you are no longer able to manage your own affairs.
Secondly, appointing an Enduring Guardian will give you peace of mind that someone you trust is able to make lifestyle, health and medical decisions for you when you are not capable of doing this for yourself.
Enduring Guardianship only comes into effect if or when you lose capacity and will only be effective during the period of incapacity. If you lose capacity and have not appointed an Enduring Guardian these decisions may be made by the Public Guardian who would not be aware of your wishes.
Both of these vital documents protect your rights and wishes while you are still alive. Once you pass away, your Will then takes over.
Tony strongly recommends to all his clients that these documents be drawn up to protect your quality of life if the time comes that you are no longer able to care for yourself.