Help for the Elderly Client and their Family
Every adult has the right to manage his or her own money and affairs. Sometimes, however, our ability to do this decreases as we grow older. Whether this is caused by illness, disability, or an accident, there are a number of practical steps you can take to prepare for this.If this describes your situation, or that of someone close to you, you should consider getting legal advice. At Kenneth Elliott + Rowe Solicitors in Romford we provide a wide range of elderly client services. We can help by encouraging you to get your affairs in order and make your wishes for the future known.
This may involve anything from writing a will to choosing someone to take power of attorney – including the types of Lasting Power of Attorney (a power of attorney is a form of legal authority to act for you) over your financial affairs, if this is necessary. This can lighten the burden on relatives or carers who might otherwise find it difficult to make complicated decisions on your behalf.
Where there is not enough time to take these precautionary steps, or if a person is already ‘incapacitated’ and unable to handle their own financial affairs, it is usually the relatives of the person who need advice. In these circumstances there are a number of options available. One of these options is to contact the Court of Protection, which can make arrangements for managing the person’s financial affairs.
- whether or not you have made a Will;
- who you would choose to handle your affairs, if this is necessary;
- what assets or income you have;
- any special wishes about how you want your property or assets to be handled; and
- whether you have a particular medical condition.