Providing timely advice for older people and their families
The legal system surrounding elderly services can be complex and confusing. If your needs or the needs of a loved one change over time, our team of solicitors have specialist knowledge to help make sense of it all. We recognise that our clients have different requirements and we’re sensitive to these needs; whether that’s offering home or care-home visits, or even hospital visits where appropriate.
For those clients who may have reduced mental capacity, we will always take the appropriate steps to help them understand any issues and progress matters.
If you need advice around personal or financial matters related to elderly client services, simply get in touch with our team who will provide the best advice for you or your loved ones.
Supporting our clients with respect and empathy
There are a number of risks to health that increase in later life so it’s worth considering the following to make sure your affairs and assets are managed both while you’re here and after you’ve gone.
- Make sure that you have an up-to-date Will that reflects your current circumstances and your wishes
- Make plans for property ensuring that its dealt with appropriately
- Get advice on the implications of Inheritance Tax (IHT) and how it may affect you
- Potential loss of mental capacity should be considered and we advise that you appoint appropriate attorneys under Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Having an LPA means that decisions regarding your property, financials, health and welfare can be made on your behalf if necessary – usually this will be a trusted friend or relative
In situations where mental capacity is lost and there is no LPA, applications to the Court of Protection for Deputyship may enable management of financial affairs under the supervision of the court. Unfortunately without either LPA or Deputyship, it will be very difficult for financial affairs to be managed effectively if a person loses mental capacity.
Timely advice is vital in these cases to avoid later complications.
Our team of solicitors have specialist knowledge to guide you through the often-difficult decisions that each of us will have to make in later life. Whether it’s selling your home, making a Will or estate planning, let us help guide you through the legal process. Simply contact us today.