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Older and Vulnerable Clients

Age, disability or injury can cause serious difficulties for people, their families and carers, and the legislation around health and care support services is constantly shifting. Our team of wills, trusts and estate lawyers, have years of expertise in this area – whether you need help making a will or support in continuing your healthcare funding, we will make the process as smooth and simple as possible.

Making things easier

If you or someone you care for needs our help, we can arrange a meeting at one of our offices or in a place you’re most comfortable – whether that’s your home, care home, or in some cases, even hospital.

If a lack of capacity means that some (or all) of the important decision making might involve either a local authority or the Court of Protection, we can help you or your loved one to make arrangements that avoid these remote decision makers being involved. Where that isn’t achievable, we’ll advise on how to make their involvement as painless and effective as possible.

We have solicitors who are specifically qualified to deal with elderly and vulnerable clients. Members of our team have the STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable clients. Full STEP members are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience. We are also full accredited members of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). SFE is a national association of independent lawyers who specialise in older client law. Accredited members have each undertaken the Older Client Care in Practice Award to demonstrate their experience and specialist knowledge in this area.

How can we help you?

Clear, professional advice

We know that clear guidance isn’t readily available for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers, so our specialist team explain everything in plain English where possible and provide compassionate, dedicated support. We can offer advice on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Assessing capacity
  • Making of wills and powers of attorney
  • Dealings with the Office of the Public Guardian
  • Applications to the Court of Protection (deputy appointments, statutory wills, authority to make gifts, health and welfare issues)
  • Court of Protection disputes
  • Creation of personal injury trusts
  • Supporting other deputies and attorneys in their role
  • Financial concerns (including assessments and care funding)
  • Advising vulnerable people who have been abused
  • Care needs assessments, and organising the provision of care
  • Continuing healthcare funding and appeals
  • Safeguarding and deprivation of liberty safeguards.

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