Article Category: Personal & Family Law – Insight & Opinion

Advanced Dementia: It Might Not Be Too Late To Make A Will

You may be surprised to learn that it is possible for someone with advanced dementia, severe debilitating mental health needs, or even a person in a coma to have a Will made for them. This can be done through a Statutory Will, which is a Will made on behalf of someone who has lost mental… Read more »

Elder Abuse Within Care Home Settings

A care home can undoubtedly be a safe and nurturing environment, reducing the risks and isolation which independent living can bring to more vulnerable elderly people. A good care home should not be judged by its furnishings or décor (although often this can be important to many), but instead by the staff and the quality… Read more »

Inheritance Dispute: Ilott v The Blue Cross And Others, The Final Chapter

The long awaited judgment for the final instalment of the inheritance dispute case, originally named Ilott v Mitson, has been received marking a u-turn towards testamentary freedom. In other words, the liberty a person has to dispose of their estate in whatever way they choose. What has happened in this inheritance dispute case? The claim… Read more »

Choosing A Care Home: A Step By Step Guide

Going into residential care is far from inevitable – statistics show that only 16% of those aged 85 or over live in a residential care setting*. For some it is a freely made choice to enter a residential care setting, bringing peace of mind and a respite from house bound isolation. For others it will… Read more »

Why A Lasting Power Of Attorney Is Just As Important As A Will

A year or so ago Mr. and Mrs. Smith* came to see me. Mr. Smith was sadly suffering from mild (early stage) Alzheimer’s disease and as a result of her husband’s ill health Mrs. Smith had given up work to look after him. Given the drastic fall in their monthly income, their home had become… Read more »

The Life And Death Matter Of A Will

I once had a client who signed his Will on a Friday and then very sadly took his own life that very weekend. I was a Trainee Solicitor at the time and I remember the total shock and disbelief I felt on hearing the news that following Monday morning. Whatever mental anguish my client had… Read more »

Positive Ageing: Take The Worry Out Of Growing Older

We are constantly bombarded with negative messages relating to the ageing process. Whether it’s the crisis in social care funding, the increasing rates of dementia diagnosis, the prevalence of loneliness or the generic health issues which typically come with growing older. A quick look at the language associated with ageing compounds the doom and gloom:… Read more »

No Further Funding For Social Care As Winter Approaches

Most people will be aware that there is a financial crisis affecting social care for the elderly. Unfortunately the recent Autumn Statement did not bring any good news for the social care system. No extra funding was made available. Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, of Age UK commented: “The Government’s failure to provide any respite for our… Read more »