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OLDER CLIENT LEGAL SERVICES EALING

ealing solicitors provide a full range of services for elderly clients and clients with elderly relatives. Home visits may be arranged and we place great importance on establishing an ongoing and long term  relationship of trust between client and solicitor.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) may be required in the future, even if you are perfectly healthy now.

There are two forms of LPA which both attract a fixed registration fee, payable to the Office of the Public Guardian, currently £150. The forms of LPA are as follows;

  • Property and Affairs LPA – this allows your attorney to make decisions about your finances, such as selling your home or managing your bank accounts.
  • Personal welfare LPA – this allows your attorney to make decisions about both health and personal welfare, such as where to live, day-to-day care or having medical treatment.

If you choose to have an LPA we will be happy to provide a quote for you, which will be dependant on which forms of LPA are required and the level of detail you chose to include in the LPA(s).

If you have elderly parent(s) who may already lack capacity and require the appointment of a Deputy to deal with their affairs we can advise on the process

A further area in which we offer service to elderly clients is in providing advice on protecting assets from potential claims from the local authority.

Court of Protection

The Mental Capacity Act 2005, introduced substantial changes to Power of Attorneys and Court of Protection Orders.

It provides a new legal framework to help empower people to make their own decisions and to make clear what actions carers and family members can make on their behalf.

The new law introduced two forms of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

  • Personal Welfare LPA – Gives instructions as to care and treatment if mental capacity is lost.
  • Property and Affairs LPA – Gives others the authority to deal with the clients finances.

Trust Advice

A trust is created when someone gives assets to other people, the trustees, to hold, not for their own benefit, but for the benefit of others – the beneficiaries.

Trusts can be set up during a person’s lifetime or on their death via their Will or Intestacy

There are a variety of trusts which our trust lawyers can create, including:

  • Bare Trusts
  • Life Interest Trusts
  • Discretionary Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts

Trust Administration

Once the trust has been correctly established, the trustees have an on-going duty to administer the trust in the best interests of the beneficiaries.

Our trust law solicitors assist in the trust administration and ensure compliance with all duties and regulations imposed on trusts and trustees.

We can assist with:

  • Record keeping, including trustees’ meetings and resolutions
  • Tax Returns
  • Annual Accounts
  • Ensuring tax efficiency regarding income and payments out of the trust, and the structure of the trust itself
  • Advising on trustees’ duties and responsibilities


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