As we get older, the prospect that we or our parents may need care at some point becomes more and more of a concern. With people living longer and the percentage of the population over retirement age increasing each year it is now a reality that the cradle to grave care is no longer available to us.
As well as finding ourselves in the position where our, or our parents, hard-earned savings may be eroded paying for care, what if we or our parents lose the capacity to deal with financial matters? Dealing with the issues that affect us as we age can be a minefield. What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? What happens when someone is not mentally capable to making their own decisions? When is the NHS required to pay for care? How do we appeal a decision by the NHS not to fund care? Do we need to sell the house to pay for care? When are we entitled to Local Authority funding?
Who can you go to for help in these situations?
Our Specialist Older Client Department at Pickup and Scott is here to answer these questions and any others you may have in this area. The Department is run by Mrs Kathryn Sykes, who has more than a decade of experience in this area and has been a member of Solicitors for the Elderly for many years.
Solicitors for the Elderly is a national association of solicitors, barristers and legal executives who specialise in legal services for older people and their carers. This is an area of law that will affect most people at some point in their lives, whether they are merely concerned about the possibility of going into care in the future; or the time comes when they, a parent or other relative actually goes into care.
The services that we provide in this Department are:
- Care fee planning
- The provision of home care
- Residential and nursing home contracts
- Advice on financial responsibility and funding for long-term care, including NHS and Local Authority funding
- State retirement and widows pensions
- Welfare benefits
- Long-term care insurance policies
- Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Court of Protection
- Estate planning using Wills, Trusts and lifetime giving
- Tax planning
- Probate and administration of estate
- Trust administration
Appointments are available in Aylesbury and in Chesham at the offices of our associates Richardson Smith & Co. Home Visits are also available for the disabled.
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