Few enjoy growing old. The vast majority of us will avoid preparing for illness, old age or death. However, we can’t argue with the fact that the UK’s population is ageing with 10 million people over 65 years old and 3 million over 80.
Geldards Private Client team offers a range of services to help older clients plan for the future, by planning ahead you can choose someone appropriate who you trust to deal with matters for you in the future should the need ever arise.
As well as making provision to make sure your property and finances would not be frozen in the event of an unexpected loss of capacity through illness or accident, we can advise on the options for planning ahead in relation to health and welfare decisions whether through the appointment of a health and welfare attorney or by making an advance decision to refuse medical treatment in certain circumstances (sometimes known as a ‘living will’).
Situations involving the ‘best interests’ of older people can upset and alienate the closest of families. However, the laws and regulations governing those who lack capacity are becoming increasingly complex and families are likely to need expert guidance to help you find the most practical solution.
We are very experienced in advising older clients, their families and carers and when a loved one is affected by capacity issues. We can provide guidance on whether or not it may be too late to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (if there is not already an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney in place). If necessary we can help you with an application to the Court of Protection to appoint a deputy to manage the affairs of the person who has lost capacity.
Many people in later life are very concerned about the prospect of needing long term care, what options they would have and how such care would be funded. Our specialist team can guide you through the issues and information you need to make informed choices when planning ahead in the context of long term care.