Does your client have the capacity to instruct?

Does your client have the capacity to instruct?

It is a lawyer’s responsibility to take instructions only from those clients who have the capacity to instruct. But capacity is decision specific and can fluctuate over time. So how do you ensure that your client has the capacity to make the decisions you are asking them to? Zabina Naem has some tips…

Is it not our job to do what our client tells us?

Is it not our job to do what our client tells us?

Should lawyers, financial planners and accountants simply do what their clients say?
In a recent Capacity & Capability Awareness Workshop, Michael Perkins was asked, “Is it not our job to do what our client tells us?”.
Find out what Michael’s answer was, and why…

WARNING! Writing a Will Can Be Dangerous

WARNING! Writing a Will Can Be Dangerous

The moment that you establish a Will, Power of Enduring Guardianship or Enduring Power of Attorney, you are signing documents that give someone the power to make decisions for you.
At this point, you become a vulnerable to them abusing this power, says Michael Perkins…