Legal support for older clients
The latest statistics reveal that in the next 25 years one in 12 of us will be aged over 80. With an ageing population, it makes sense for each of us to consider the future and put in place plans for future care and legal protection to look after our affairs.
Care Home Planning
Legal advice can help smooth the process of moving into a care home. A good Older Client solicitor can:
- Help you budget your money and arrange for all your bills to be paid
- Deal with your state benefits and apply for additional benefits if you are eligible
- Sort out your tax affairs including Income Tax
- Deal with the Local Authority on your behalf
- Correspond with the Primary Care Trust on your behalf regarding care issues including Continuing Care
Power of Attorney
This is a very useful legal tool which everyone should consider putting in place. By making a Lasting Power of Attorney, you are able to choose who will have the legal authority to manage your affairs and speak on your behalf if, in the future, you lose capacity to do so because of physical illness, frailty or mental health issues. It is a comfort to know that someone you trust completely and who knows your preferences and life choices, will be able to stand in for you when you are in need of help.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney; one dealing with property and finance and the other concerned with health and welfare matters.
Making a Will
Regardless of age, everyone should make a Will and yet around two thirds of people do not have a valid Will and around one third of us will die intestate. Some admit that they do not want to think about their own mortality, but the most common reason given is that it’s on the ‘to do’ list and they will get round to it tomorrow.
Making a Will, is relatively quick and simple. As with all Older Client legal planning, it can also give you peace of mind, knowing that your affairs are in order, so that everything will be straightforward for your family and loved ones.
For more information contact our Older Client department on 01992 300333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the contents of this blog are given for information only and must not be relied upon. Legal advice should always be sought in relation to specific circumstances.