An agency arrangement differs from a property Enduring Power of Attorney. It is a formal agreement that is established which clearly outlines the duties and responsibilities of the agent, but does not continue if you lose mental capacity for any reason.
An agency agreement allows you to maintain control as decisions are made at your direction or in consultation with you and authorised in writing unless otherwise agreed. This service has particular appeal to those people who are busy or no longer physically or emotionally capable of dealing with their own finances – which often happens when clients are elderly, when one partner passes away, or when one or both enter residential care. It is also appealing to those who may want to travel extensively and need an impartial body to manage their affairs while they are away.
In consultation with and at the client’s direction, an agent provides a dedicated and personal service that manages their financial affairs on their behalf. This service can be tailored to specific needs and cover short-term requirements, such as the transition to a retirement village, or long-term assistance.
An agent can perform a variety of duties to protect the client’s interests, including:
In addition, the agent can perform any other relevant duty for the client as needed. Depending on the client’s needs, the role can be very limited, or all-encompassing.
Anyone, such as a friend or a family member, can be appointed as an agent. However, there are significant advantages to using an impartial organisation like Trustees Executors. Private individuals can be easily drawn into family conflicts, retire, fall ill, or be distracted by personal matters. With a professional organisation, on the other hand, there is no risk of any issues being forgotten or neglected. Moreover, as an organisation we will always be here when needed offering continuity and consistency and operating with full professional knowledge and experience in law, business, finance, and investment matters. That means we will expertly manage our clients’ affairs, providing stability and peace of mind that a private individual simply can’t offer.
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