Powers Of Attorney
When planning for your family’s future, arranging powers of attorney can help to ensure that your affairs are kept in order even if you are unable to manage them yourself.
The expert solicitors at Gibson & Associates LLP can help you create a power of attorney document to provide the protection you need.
Our team can provide assistance on all aspects of arranging an ordinary or enduring power of attorney, organising all of the paperwork required and providing advice based on your individual circumstances.
We understand that organising a power of attorney can be a complex and sometimes stressful process, which is why we will work closely with you to make it as clear and straightforward as possible.
This will give you the peace of mind that your family will be looked after, no matter how your personal circumstances change.
No matter where in Ireland you are based, Gibson & Associates LLP is here to help.
Contact our solicitors about making a power of attorney document today by calling us now on +353 1 264 5555 or alternatively, complete our Online Enquiry and we’ll be delighted to help you.
Our Power of Attorney services
Powers of attorney allow another person to take action and make legally binding decisions on behalf of someone else, whether because they are absent, incapacitated or unable to manage their own affairs for some other reason.
At Gibson & Associates LLP, our expert solicitors are here to assist you with all aspects of setting up a power of attorney, offering personally tailored advice to assist with your specific needs and circumstances.
We can advise you on the following:
- Who to select as your attorney
- The differences between an ordinary and enduring power of attorney and helping you select the right option
- How to draft the power of attorney document to ensure it meets your needs and fulfils the necessary legal requirements
Our team will keep you informed at every stage of this process, making each step as simple as possible and ensuring you are able to to create an arrangement that provides the degree of legal protection you require.
We have worked with a wide variety of individuals and organisations from across Ireland, the EU and overseas, meaning we have all the experience and expertise we need to handle your case with the professionalism and efficiency that you deserve.
Our Wills, Trusts & Probate Services
Solicitors at Gibson & Associates LLP understand that the processes involved in wills, trusts and probate can be difficult and an emotional task to undertake, which is why we are here to help take the stress out of it.
We are well experienced in providing advice and guidance on the following areas of wills, trusts and probate:
- Writing a will
- Contesting a will
- Appointing a Lasting Power of Attorney
- Planning for tax
- Creating lifetime disposals
- Setting up trusts
- Administering an estate
- Protecting assets
You and your circumstances are unique, which is why we take a tailored approach to each case to make sure your wishes are carried out exactly how you want them to be.
The team has assisted private individuals, trustees and beneficiaries, commercial entities, and chartered organisations with wills, trusts and probate in Ireland, within the EU and overseas. We are experts in providing advice on wealth and succession planning, and have worked on cases involving complex estate planning.
What is an ordinary power of attorney?
An ordinary power of attorney is one of two main types of power of attorney used within Irish law. This legal agreement gives an appointed representative the power to make decisions on another’s behalf for as long as they have been authorised to do so.
These can apply when one individual wants an attorney to, for example, make payments or handle a legal process in their absence, and can extend to a wide range of property, business and financial affairs. This category includes:
- Specific powers of attorney, which are restricted to a certain task or job, such as overseeing the sale of a house
- General powers of attorney, which confer a more general power to act on someone’s behalf
Ordinary powers of attorney are no longer valid in the following cases:
- When the person being represented withdraws the power of attorney
- When the attorney completes the specific job they have been assigned, in the case of a specific power of attorney
- When the donor loses the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves
You do not require a solicitor to create an ordinary power of attorney, but it is advisable to seek out legal advice before appointing an attorney in this way.
What is an enduring power of attorney?
An enduring power of attorney is the second of the main types of power of attorney used in Ireland, providing the representative with the ability to make decisions on behalf of someone who is no longer mentally capable of doing so on their own.
Enduring powers of attorney can be used to handle financial affairs – including managing investments and organising property sales – or to make decisions about a person’s healthcare and wellbeing, including decisions about medical treatments and accommodation.
The conditions for setting up an enduring power of attorney are much more stringent than for an ordinary power of attorney, requiring statements from doctors and solicitors that the person creating the document is fully able to make decisions and understand the purpose of their actions at the time of writing it.