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Older and vulnerable clients
Ensuring suitable care for the most vulnerable people is inevitably complex, whether they may be children, adults with disabilities or learning difficulties, or elderly people who are no longer able to manage their own affairs. It requires an understanding of the legal issues relating to trusts, social care, physical health and mental capacity.
Sometimes family and friends may be called upon to make major decisions at short notice; for example due to the sudden onset of a medical condition such as stroke or as a consequence of an accident.
Our highly experienced, specialist solicitors help clients with matters including:
- Preparing and registering powers of attorney
- The formation and administration of trusts
- On-going management of affairs
- Representation at the Court of Protection and deputyship
- Tax and estate planning
- The preparation of wills.
In these cases, working closely with family members is our top priority to understand the right levels of support and care needed on a case-by-case basis. Where we need to, we will seek a Deputyship Order or other Court Orders to ensure that the interests of our most vulnerable clients are best served.
Our solicitors work tirelessly to provide support to those who need it. For example, in addition to the particular legal issues outlined above, we help clients and their families and friends with practical problems such as:
- Guiding you through the process of going into a care home, including funding, benefits and needs assessments
- Applying for state benefits on behalf of vulnerable people
- Liaising with local authorities or Primary Care Trusts on behalf of our clients on issues relating to their continuing care.
Examples of our work:
Protecting the interest of an adult with severe learning difficulties.
Managing the affairs of an elderly person with Alzheimer’s disease.
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