The Covid-19 outbreak has driven many of us to think more about putting our affairs in order. Making a Will is often regarded as the most important step for long term planning – with making a Lasting Power of Attorney sometimes seen as an afterthought. But if your goal is to ensure your affairs run smoothly with as little future stress or upset for your loved ones, having a LPA in place is just as important.
As if Covid-19 itself has not already created enough panic amongst us, reports that blanket ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ (DNR) orders were being issued without consulting patients individually has left many of us worried about our future care – and that of our loved ones. We look at the law surrounding DNR orders and the extent to which your wishes will be complied with.
Today’s Leaders Council blog features Paul King, CEO of April King, discussing the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact on the firm. Paul is a member of the Council which is chaired by former Home Secretary and Education Secretary, Lord Blunkett and brings together the most influential figures from across the country.
There are many good reasons to make a Will and keep it updated, in contrast with your estate being distributed on ‘intestacy’ rules. For example: Guardians: You can appoint guardians for your minor children rather than leave who will care for them to chance. Find out more about appointing a guardian. Funeral wishes: You can set out your funeral wishes. Even if you really have no preference, this can remove a lot of stress for loved ones who otherwise have to …