I trained as a nurse before I became a lawyer and I bring those two sets of skills together for my clients’ benefit. Because I work with people who have mental or physical disabilities, have lost mental capacity, or have suffered catastrophic injuries or brain injuries, I know that compassion and clear professional advice are needed to help them and their families through the most difficult times of their lives.
People want to know that their legal affairs will be in safe hands if they cannot manage them themselves, and I understand that the right support and advice is vital at such a time. I am completely committed to trying to alleviate stress and fear with clear solutions to their legal problems.
Outside work, my Haflinger horses (two) and Border terrier (one) are very important to me; I am a country girl at heart.
Take advice from professionals and keep notes.
Be tenacious; don’t accept the first answer.
Communicate frequently; it helps enormously.
What happens is I or my partner lose mental capacity?
If you have previously made a power of attorney, your attorneys will be able to start to manage things for you, either property and financial affairs or health and welfare, or both.
Will I lose my house if I go into care?
Not necessarily; the family home is usually exempt from the calculations for care fees. But take advice as eligibility to pay care fees can be confusing.
How can I provide for my disabled child after death?
The first place to start is with your will, using this to ensure that proper provision is made for all your chosen beneficiaries. You may also want to consider obtaining a welfare order to allow a close family member to be involved in welfare matters – it’s always worth considering.
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