Areas of Practice

Wills, Estates and TrustsWills, Estates and Trusts, Estate litigation

People wish to see that their business and personal affairs are handled as they intend. If they are not able to do so themselves another person must be appointed to carry out their wishes. While a person is alive this authority is given by Powers of Attorney. After death, the will of a person provides the authority.

Powers of Attorney
There are two kinds of Power of attorney. A Power of Attorney for Property allows the person or persons who are appointed to look after a persons business affairs, such as paying bills, attending to banking, signing leases and all other matters that relate to the person’s property. A Power of Attorney for Personal Care is only effective once a person has been found incapable of looking after him or herself. This power normally deals with two things, personal care and consent to treatment. The personal care matters are health care, clothing, nutrition, hygiene, shelter and safety. A doctor or a hospital will require the consent of the person to carry out certain medical treatments and the Power of Attorney can give the named attorney the ability to give that consent.

Wills ensure that peoples’ assets are dealt with according to their wishes, following their death. Wills can be very complex documents and require considerable thought and planning. We have a great deal of experience in providing sound advice about wills and estates and will discuss with you matters such as: tax issues; family issues; planning for the future of beneficiaries; the possible establishment of trusts; dealing with businesses; and many, many more.