You - or perhaps an elderly relative or someone you care for - may need advice on looking after financial matters in the event that they are unable to do so. We can advise and assist with the following:
- Court of Protection – an application may be made to the court of protection in the event that a person no longer has mental capacity to deal with their financial affairs and cannot give instructions as to whom may act on their behalf
- Lasting Power of Attorney (Property and Financial) – this enables a person to appoint one or more persons of their choice to deal with their financial matters when they are unable to do so
- Lasting Power of Attorney (Health and Welfare) - this enables a person to appoint one or more persons of their choice to make decisions as to their Health and Welfare, including medical treatment and accommodation, when they no longer have mental capacity to make those decisions
- Care Fee Planning – no one likes to think that the day will come when they are no longer able to care for themselves in their own home but it is possible to protect some assets and indeed plan for future care
In the event that you need to instruct a solicitor to deal with an Elderly Client issue then we would strongly recommend that you check that the solicitor is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). Members of SFE are specialists who have a wealth of experience in dealing with this type of work and are required to ensure that this knowledge is kept up to date. Julie Brown who is head of our Wills and Probate Department is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.