There is a widely-held misconception that a husband, wife or child over the age of 18 can make decisions regarding finances or welfare if their parent or spouse is unable, but that’s not the case unless you’ve appointed them legally. If a Power of Attorney hasn’t been put in place, it can take many months to be given “deputyship”, which is decided by the Office of the Public Guardian, meaning that a spouse or family member acting on your behalf will have to deal with a costly and time-consuming legal process, often at a time which is already stressful and upsetting.
This can be avoided by appointing someone that you trust to hold Lasting Power of Attorney over your affairs. There are two different types of Power of Attorney; the first, Property and Financial, relates to your finances whilst the second, Health and Welfare, enables the holder to make decisions regarding medical treatment and care.
Drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney needn’t be a daunting or costly process, and our trusted business partners are here to guide you through the process. To find out more, why not contact us for an informal discussion.
A happier workforce
Financial worries are a common concern for many Brits. *Research conducted in 2019 before the pandemic became prevalent revealed that 77 per cent had money worries that impacted them at work. A third admitted their fears affected their sleep. One in five employees said they worried about their finances regularly.
In the survey of 5000 employees, 34 per cent said they would be unprepared for unexpected financial costs or a loss of income. **In a separate survey, almost 30 per cent confessed to regularly running out of money before pay day. One in seven people would struggle to pay their mortgage if it was just £99 more per month.
Yet with access to the right information, it is possible for employees to improve how they manage their money, resulting in less anxiety and more productivity at work.
MB Associates is offering free financial workshops to improve the wellbeing of employees and enhance employers’ benefits packages. Our informative, friendly workshops will offer fee-free mortgage and financial advice to your staff to help them save money and gain greater control over their finances.
For more information, please contact Monica Bradley at MB Associates on 020 8652 5240 or email email@example.com
*Close Brothers Financial Wellbeing Index
**Financial Times survey
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You may have to pay an early repayment charge to your existing lender if you remortgage.
There is no guarantee that it will be possible to arrange continuous letting of the property, nor that rental income will be sufficient to meet the cost of the mortgage.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
A fee of up to 1% of the mortgage amount may be charged depending on individual circumstances. A typical fee is £495.