My name is Heledd Wyn and I have just joined Clarke Willmott as an associate in the private capital team. I will be working with Anthony and Jess to develop this key area and I am really excited about the road ahead. I am particularly looking forward to contributing to the Elderly Care and Court of Protection blog and I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself.
While training to be a solicitor I was given the opportunity to develop my interest in elder client law through a mixture of will drafting, powers of attorney and Court of Protection work – including my first statutory will. This was all before the Mental Capacity Act 2005 so I was really interested when the new law came into effect as I felt that it really tackled some of the difficult issues facing people who may lack capacity to make certain decisions. The Act is not of course perfect, but it certainly started to bring capacity into the public domain. There are other changes on the horizon that will have an impact – watch this space for news on the Care Act 2014.
We are all aware of the ‘baby boomer’ generation and the ‘silver surfers’ and know that with an ageing population, issues surrounding capacity are going to become more of a concern for individuals and their families, especially with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and dementia increasingly affecting loved ones.
I am keen to raise awareness of the assistance that we, as lawyers, can provide. For example, we can help prepare for a number of eventualities, perhaps by updating your will or drawing up a power of attorney. We can review care home funding decisions, including who should be paying for the care. We can also make applications to the Court of Protection, perhaps to appoint a Deputy for someone who has lost capacity or to apply for authority to make gifts.
There are many ways in which we may be able to help, but if you are not sure what we can do for you or your family, just ask. The right advice can often put an end to a lot of worrying, so pick up the phone or drop me a line – no question is inappropriate. You can contact me by telephone on 0845 209 1495 or by email at email@example.com