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Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney_Information Guides

You make decisions every day about your life and your future: small decisions such as what to wear or eat, and bigger decisions about things like money, your family and your home. You make judgements about what is right for you.

The law says that everyone over 16 years old in Scotland has the legal capacity to make decisions, unless a legal decision is made that this is not the case.

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so, and to support you to manage your finances. Our Guide to Power of Attorney in Scotland takes you through the whole process, looking at the reasons why having an attorney is important, what to consider when deciding who to choose, the types of powers you may want to grant, and what to do if there is a problem. 

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