Scottish will and power of attorney services
Provided in partnership with Co-op Legal Services & Brodies LLP.
Co-op Legal Services makes will writing easy, with fixed cost will writing services.
To offer will writing and power of attorney services to Co-op Members and clients across Scotland, we have partnered with specialist Scottish law firm, Brodies LLP, to provide quality services when you need it most.
Fixed fee wills in Scotland
Fixed fee wills in Scotland start from just £150 for a single will, with mirror wills starting from £245 and trust wills starting from £399. (All prices are inclusive of VAT.)
Brodies LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) under registration number 650996.
What happens without a will?
In Scotland, if you die without a legally valid will in place, then you will have no control over who inherits your home, money and possessions. This is called dying 'intestate' and in these circumstances the law will determine who is entitled to receive everything you own (known collectively as your estate).
Without a will, inheritance rules will decide which of your relatives will receive what from your estate. These rules don't always accommodate for modern family relationships, and they don't recognise unmarried partners or step children.
Ultimately, without having your say over what should happen to your estate when you die, everything you own could be inherited by individuals you would not have chosen. This means that some of your loved ones may not be provided for in the way you would have wanted.
How a will can help
By putting a will in place, you can state exactly what should happen to everything you own in the event of your death. You can divide your estate in any way that you wish, leaving gifts of specific items, specific amounts of money, or a percentage of your overall estate.
If you have children under the age of 16 then you can also appoint guardians in your will, so that you know they'll be looked after by people you trust in the event of your death.
Fixed fee power of attorney services in Scotland
By putting in place a power of attorney, you can appoint someone you trust to take care of your affairs if you become unable to take care of these yourself in the future.
Co-op Legal Services has partnered with Brodies LLP to provide power of attorney services in Scotland.
A power of attorney costs from £354 including VAT.
The Public Guardian also charges a registration fee for each power of attorney registered, which must be paid to them in addition.
What is power of attorney?
If you become unable to make decisions about your health, welfare and finances, do you know who would step in and make these decisions for you? The reality is that no one automatically has the legal authority to do this, not even your spouse or your children.
A power of attorney (PoA) is a legal document in which you can grant someone you trust legal authority to make decisions on your behalf.
There are two types of power of attorney that you can put in place:
- continuing power of attorney – this covers financial matters, granting your attorney legal authority to make decisions about your money, property and other assets
- welfare power of attorney – this covers your health and welfare, granting your attorney legal authority to make decisions about your care, medical treatment and general welfare
If you don't have a power of attorney in place and you suffer an accident or illness which means that you can no longer manage your own affairs, then no one will be able to step in and manage these for you. Your family could be faced with a lengthy and expensive Court process as their only option.
For this reason, it's important to act before it's too late. Only you can put a power of attorney in place and you need to have full testamentary capacity to do this (meaning you must fully understand its implications). If you wait until it's needed, it'll be too late.