Power of Attorney
Many of the anxieties and concerns that the elderly have, whether that be the management of their financial affairs, payment of care fees such as nursing homes, or financial abuse, can be alleviated by taking proper expert legal advice from our elderly services solicitors.
We are able to advise on all aspects of private client law for the elderly including:
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Court of Protection
- Nursing Home care fees
Where necessary, each member of the team is able to make home or hospital visits where clients are unable to attend our offices. We offer early morning, late evening, lunch time appointments and Saturday morning appointments.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Have you considered who would manage your financial affairs in the event that you were unable to manage them yourself, either through loss of physical or mental capacity? It is a common mistake to assume that your financial affairs will automatically be managed by your next of kin. Instead it is crucial to ensure that proper legally binding arrangements are put in place prior to loss of capacity. This is achieved through setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that appoints someone (usually a family member) to manage your affairs for you and needs to be set up by a legal professional.
Court of Protection
The Court of Protection deals with decision making for adults who lack mental capacity to make decisions themselves. The Court deals with applications in relation to any issues that affect that person. This includes decisions relating to financial welfare, the appointment of a Deputy where no Lasting Power of Attorney exists, and applications for a Will to be prepared on a person’s behalf – known as a “Statutory Will”. It also deals with issues relating to adults healthcare and welfare.
Nursing Home Care Fees
A major concern for many elderly clients is who will pay for their care in the event that they need to go into a nursing home. When you consider that nursing home fees average £600 per week, it is easy to see how the cost can very quickly escalate into thousands of pounds. Many people who have been admitted to a nursing home due to physical or mental health problems could be entitled to have their care fees paid by the NHS. The law provides that if your overall care needs show that your primary need is a health one you should qualify for fully funded NHS care