We all hope to live a long and happy life. However, the longer we live strokes, dementia and lack of mental capacity are more likely to impact on how we manage our affairs in later life. With this in mind, some simple planning with key professionals can help to plan for all eventualities.
We recommend our elderly clients take advice and receive legal assistance with the following:
* Lasting Powers of Attorney - to plan who will make decisions on your behalf if you cannot or do not wish to do so in future.
* Wills - To specify your choice of what should happen in the event of your death.
* Care Funding - This is often the domain of your financial adviser and your lawyer to provide advice to plan about various scenarios - remaining in your own home, moving to a residential care setting or sheltered accommodation.
*Gifting - If you want to make gifts in later life, advice on the benefits, risks, tax implications and future liability for care if you do so.
Our Delivery of Service to the Elderly & Vulnerable
We believe that every client is an individual and that it is unrealistic to try to provide the same service to everyone. One size just doesn't fit all, so our services are bespoke to you.
We all have our own unique requirements and we make it our responsibility to find out how we can best deliver our service to you with those in mind. That's why we make it our business to get to know you and understand your requirements so we can deliver our services in a way that works for you. This is important to all our clients but particularly those who are elderly and vulnerable.
We are flexible, so whatever your vulnerability we can find solutions that work for you so you can still access the legal services you need - as you would wish.
Here are some of the key things we do:
* We find out your requirements and preference in terms of communication. If you don't like talking on the phone, that's fine, we'll find a way to communicate that's comfortable for you.
*We consider the practicalities of accessing our services. Our offices are accessible but we consider your own mobility and offer home visits if this is more practical or preferred by you. We also visit care homes and hospitals.
*We consider any disabilities you may have and adapt the way we work to cater for those. Perhaps you have hearing loss or visual impairment - no problem - we can work to provide our service to you with these in mind. Alternatively, you may need support from an advocacy service or use an interpreter - that's fine too. Perhaps literacy or dyslexia present obstacles for you- let us know and we have solutions.
*We are flexible around appointment times. We understand that if you require care or need to focus on treatments or medication at certain times of the day then meeting with us isn't always convenient and can interrupt important routines. You might feel most energised at a particular time of day, so it's better for us to meet then - whenever works best for you.
* We work with community groups, charities and other organisations to acquire knowledge outside of the law which assists us to understand issues affecting the elderly and vulnerable so that we can understand your needs better and constantly improve our services. With these connections, we can also provide a holistic approach to our clients and signpost other advice and support they or their families may be interested in.
For us, we want our elderly and vulnerable clients to feel relaxed and comfortable and that the way we work allows them to instruct us with independence and dignity. It's so important to us that these clients experience a friendly service delivered with respect, patience, sensitivity and compassion.
If you or your elderly relative require legal assistance then please do not hesitate to contact us.