Responding to a question about making a power of attorney in the Glasgow Evening Times, lawyer Austin Lafferty recommended that people should write wills and ensure that they have signed a lasting power of attorney form.
Mr Lafferty said: "My advice to everyone over 60 is to write a will and a power of attorney in advance. It will not be used until needed."
He added that doing so could save a family "thousands in fees" by stopping the need to go to court to get a guardianship order should a person fall ill.
Illnesses such as dementia or unforeseen health problems like a stroke could leave a person unable to sign over power of attorney.
There are currently 700,000 people suffering from dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer's Society.
Published on: September 25, 2008