Article Category: Elderly, Care & Mental Capacity – Insight & Opinion

Advance Decisions – Why Are They Important?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly forced many people to be confronted with the reality of life and death. It has made people aware of the importance of taking action in order to ensure that their own lives are in order, addressing legal loose ends that may have been previously put off, such as Wills, lasting… Read more »

“Finding Derek” – Why Lasting Powers of Attorney are so Important

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The documentary made by Kate Garraway titled “Finding Derek” aired recently and brought to light why having Lasting Powers of Attorney in place is crucial to protect yourself should an unexpected crisis occur. Justine Clowes, Partner and Head of Private Client Group, highlights the benefits of making a Lasting Power of Attorney and how this… Read more »

Visiting Relatives in Care Homes – Ever-changing Regulations

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Care home visits are usually subject to guidance issued by the Care Quality Commission, which regulates care homes. In October 2019, this was updated and states that: “The staff should make it as easy as possible for you to visit your relative or friend. They should respect your relationship and give you as much privacy… Read more »

How Powers of Attorney Can Help During COVID-19

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The re-imposed lockdown restrictions have meant that it is now even more difficult to physically visit loved ones in care homes. We have all heard upsetting stories on the news about people being isolated, and even being “stolen” from care homes because family members are so desperate for unrestricted contact with their loved ones. In… Read more »

What Are the Differences Between Deputies and Attorneys?

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Associate, Genevieve Powrie, discusses the differences between deputies and attorneys, including their roles, duties, costs and timescales. Duties of a Deputy A Deputy is an individual appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the finances of – or make health and welfare decisions for – someone who is unable to make decisions for themselves…. Read more »

Ageing Well Without Children: How Can a Professional Attorney Help?

Ageing Well Without Children (AWWOC) was launched to provide advice and guidance to those who are concerned about growing older without children, whilst also helping with the tasks that become increasingly difficult as we age. Whilst having children is certainly no guarantee that they will be able to (or, in some cases, want to) provide… Read more »

Legal Rights on Choosing Your Own Care Home

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When choosing your own care home, it is presumed that you should get the final say in a decision that ultimately determines where you will be living. However, this is not always the case; our team explains below. In most cases, you can choose your own care home. The exception is if you are too… Read more »

Legal Rights on Choosing Your Own Care Home

Nurse

When choosing your own care home, it is presumed that you should get the final say in a decision that ultimately determines where you will be living. However, this is not always the case; our team explains below. In most cases, you can choose your own care home. The exception is if you are too… Read more »