Elderly and vulnerable clients

Elderly and vulnerable clients guidance:

When confronted with issues concerning residential accommodation, the practitioner is most likely to be dealing with one or both of the need for admittance to and the...

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There are a number of benefits that older people can claim that carry a financial eligibility requirement. In practice this means that if their capital and/or income are...

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Lasting powers of attorney Lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) were created by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005) and, apart from the fact that the donor must be over...

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On the face of it, there would appear to be no specific impediment, if there is no reason to suppose that a person is without capacity, in them litigating. If there is no...

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This Practice Note considers the approach taken by the family courts in relation to issues of capacity and how capacity may be assessed including expert evidence. In the...

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Mental capacity is the ability to perform a specific juristic act by understanding and making a decision to do something that has legal consequences such as to make a...

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In order to make a valid Will, the testator must satisfy a capacity test on two separate occasions: • when they give instructions for the drafting of the...

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The common law presumption of capacity In the common law, every person is presumed to have mental capacity until the contrary is proved. Where a person has been proved or...

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Note: This Practice Note must be read in the light of the implementation of the Care Act 2014 on 1 April 2015. Substantial repeals to legislation have been made with...

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Community care assessments are conducted by the local authority (LA) where someone aged 18 years or older is ordinarily resident. LAs have a duty to assess individuals...

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Solicitors are not generally involved in the actual determination of where a client should invest—that is best left to an independent financial adviser. However, clients...

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Within any department of a firm there has to be an awareness of the duties of the legal adviser. However, there is a greater need to be aware of those duties when dealing...

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An oft-posed question by elderly clients is how to dispose of their house to relatives, either permanently or so that they no longer own it but can remain living there....

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Note that this Practice Note reflects the law as stated at 30 June 2016. Lawyers acting in the field of elderly client law need to be able to take advice...

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With an increasing move towards elderly client specialists and practices it is important to note the rules under which they must conduct their business. While all...

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When an assessment concludes that an adult requires residential accommodation they have the choice, depending on their personal finance situation, between private and...

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