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Dementia Friends have released this interesting article which is useful to consider when talking to someone with dementia. Definitely worth a read:

https://blog.alzheimers.org.uk/dementia-insight/language-dementia-what-not-to-say/?utm_campaign=September+2017+Newsletter&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=

#dementiafriends #dementiafriendly

If you would like help to plan for the future or you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia you can act now to help make the process easier.

If you would like help to put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place please contact Jo-Ann Mason a specialist solicitor dealing with LPAs

Email: jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Bolton Wigan and surrounding arears

 

 

The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors have produced a very useful booklet which allows you to convey your wishes and consider what you can do to make the path in later life easier. You can use the booklet as a guide and to write down your wishes:

http://saif.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SAIF218-Planning-for-later-life-20pp-Booklet-FINAL-DIGITAL.pdf

Planning for the end of your life

SAIF say:

“We all plan for every major life event – careers, marriage, family, pensions and retirement to name but a few. Why then, do so many of us fail to plan for the end of our life and leave so much either to chance or in the hands of our relatives who may not know our wishes? Why has only one third of the population made a will? It may be that we are afraid to plan for this inevitable event for fear that we may somehow speed its arrival. Planning for the end of our life allows us to record our wishes and choices at a time when we are mentally able to do so. With clarity, we can be sure about what we want and when we want it.”

  1. Make a will
  2. Record your funeral wishes
  3. Plan your future care and support
  4. Register as an organ donor
  5. Tell your loved ones your wishes

WE Solicitors says “This is a very good guide and starting point to plan for later life. All five valid points make perfect sense. It is particularly good if this is a difficult subject to raise with loved ones. You can complete the booklet and just let your family know that you have done it and where to find it should it  ever be needed.  This would compliment a Will and a Lasting Power of Attorney very well.”

It may seem a minefield at first but with the right advice it is likely to be easier than you think to cover these issues.

To speak to an experienced and understanding solicitor contact WE SOLICITORS LLP. We offer home visits and appointments to suit you. Some of the process can be done my email or telephone. We work around you.

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

Solicitors for the Elderly have compiled a report following a study:

The Real Cost of DIY LPAs’: What are the risks of using a DIY kit

and why should you seek expert advice?

 This report outlines the results of our study into the various methods of creating an LPA. During the study, we compared participants’ experiences of using a DIY method (either an off-the-shelf kit or the OPG online service) with their experiences of using a specialist solicitor. The study also assessed the legal robustness of the LPAs created using a DIY approach.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE:

http://www.sfe.legal/pdfs/the-hidden-cost-of-diy-lpas.pdf

A Participant in the study says:

“I don’t think that it was possible to give these questions enough thought when filling in a form online, and I had serious concerns about making any decisions without discussing them with a solicitor first.”

Solicitors for the Elderly comment: “The participants in our study all agreed that they would not feel comfortable submitting an application made using a DIY method without first discussing it with a solicitor. After receiving a consultation with a specialist solicitor, all participants said they felt more confident about their ability to make informed and appropriate choices, and most of them made significant changes to the decisions expressed in their LPAs.”

“The perceived benefit of using a ‘DIY’ method over using a solicitor is primarily financial, as the DIY methods are cheaper in the short-term. However, SFE is concerned that by encouraging people to create ‘bargain-bucket’ LPAs without taking specialist legal advice, the OPG is potentially exposing them to unacceptable levels of risk and in doing so may be compromising its ability to safeguard those who are most vulnerable.”

 

Jo-Ann Mason of We solicitors says: “It may appear that making an LPA online is the easiest and cheapest option but it is not always the best option. It is a legal document giving significant power to another and should not be done without careful consideration and advice. A solicitor can make the whole process less stressful and much easier to understand. I visit my clients in their own homes and try to make the experience as comfortable as possible when making such decisions.”

If you would like further information on Lasting Powers of Attorney then Call WE Solicitors today and speak to our expert.

Email: jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Leigh Salford and all surrounding areas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Dying Matters Awareness Week the Law Society have issued the following statements to highlight important issues in connection with Dying Matters

Why putting your will at the top of your to-do list is so important

If you forget to make a will, when you die you could leave a sea of problems for your already bereaved family and friends, the Law Society warned today.

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/why-putting-your-will-top-of-your-to-do-list-is-so-important/

Plan for the future with lasting power of attorney

People are living longer so it is vitally important we plan ahead – not just for our own care, but we should also help our parents plan as well. Lasting powers of attorney enable you to choose to give someone you trust the power to act on your behalf in situations which you have identified.

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/plan-for-the-future-with-lasting-power-of-attorney/

Online accounts, photos, music, emails – what happens to your digital assets after your death?

Dying Matters Awareness Week encourages people to think about the things they leave behind, but what about your digital assets, such as online accounts and digital media?

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/what-happens-to-your-digital-assets-after-death/

If you would like further information on any of these issues and would like some free initial advice then Call WE Solicitors today and speak to our expert.

Email: jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Leigh Salford and all surrounding areas

 

Alzheimer’s  Society  say:

There are a number of financial and legal issues to consider after a diagnosis of dementia. For example, a person with dementia may be entitled to certain benefits and assistance to help manage their finances. There are also legal affairs that may need to be put in order. Some people choose to plan ahead for their future, by creating a power of attorney or writing a will for example. Many people find this empowering and reassuring. This factsheet outlines the various financial and legal issues that someone with dementia and their carer may want to consider, and explains how they can plan ahead. It also looks at sources of help and support. There is a separate section with additional information specifically for carers towards the end of the factsheet.

To download the fact sheet and for more information and support visit:

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?&documentID=160

If you would like help to plan for the future or you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia you can act now to help make the process easier.

Jo-Ann Mason says:  “I have been working with a post diagnostic support group for a number of years for people who have recently been diagnosed with dementia and their carers or spouses. I have generally found that once they have put a Lasting Power of Attorney or a Will in place they feel a sense of relief that it has been done as it offers some peace of mind. I have worked with many people who have received such a diagnosis and I understand that it requires more patience and time to put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place and done in a way that is as comfortable and  as easy as possible. That is why I visit such clients in their own homes and explain LPA’s to them in a simple and easy to understand way and at their own pace. “

If you would like help to put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place please contact Jo-Ann Mason a specialist solicitor dealing with LPAs

Email: jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Bolton Wigan and surrounding arears

 

 

Carers are now allowed to visit their loved ones without being restricted to visiting hour in a London hospital. People with dementia can now have their carer visit them as the hospital has offered an open all hours approach.

This recognition for carers is a significant breakthrough for John’s Campaign. Co founder, Julie Jones states:

‘The needs of people with dementia are different. Visiting hours do not apply here – family carers are essential.

‘My mum has Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. She needs me to help her make sense of things. I wouldn’t let her go to the hairdresser alone, I’m blowed if I’m going to leave her alone in hospital without me!’

It is hoped that an open door approach for the carers of vulnerable adults across hospital settings will become the norm

See more : http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=2947&pageNumber=3&utm_campaign=Monthly_Update_April_10.04.15&utm_content=12351041044&utm_medium=Enewsletter&utm_source=SmartFocus

–       Living with dementia magazine April 2015

 

For more information on how WE Solicitors can help carers and people recently diagnosed with dementia contact us on:

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

We offer home visits in Failsworth, Oldham, Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, Salford Bury and all surrounding areas. We offer professional advice with a personal and friendly approach.

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has launched a public awareness campaign to encourage people to plan for their and their families’ futures.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/planning-for-the-future-choice-not-chance

It can be difficult to have a conversation about making a Lasting Power of Attorney or a Will. It is always easier to approach when it is not likely to be an immediate issue and it is a measure taken to plan for the future. This would be the best time to do it.

However, if it has to be at a time when it is felt that it is important to put a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney in place because it you can see that it will be needed in the not too distant future it may be best to bring up the subject in a way that can show the benefits of having one. For example: ‘My friend’s mother has just done a Lasting Power of Attorney and it has made things much easier for her and for her family to help her. She has put it in place so she can choose who she wants to help her”

Another way is to arrange an initial appointment with an expert solicitor at WE SOLICITORS to have an initial meeting to have a chat about what is involved and how it works and discuss any concerns. It can a way for the person who needs a Will or an LPA to obtain information for themselves. If the person you care for then decides they don’t want to go ahead at least they have then made a more informed decision. If they do we can start the process and get the ball rolling.

CHOICE NOT CHANCE

Making a Will is not as daunting as you may think. There may be issues you have not thought about or thins that you don’t know how best to deal with. Once to you have spoken to an expert advisor you are likely to feel much better after making a Will and knowing that you have done what you can to help your loved ones whenever the time comes. It is not nice to think about death but it is better to think about it knowing you have put your affairs in order.

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If you would like more information about planning for your future call or email

 WE SOLICITORS LLP and see how we can help you

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

The BBC has launched an online care calculator. By answering a few simple questions it can give you an indication of what a person’s likely care costs would be based on their assets and their income. It also gives guidance on how the care cap set to be introduced in April 2016 will have an effect.

This is an excellent tool which will help families have an idea of what to expect if they are faced with  the prospect of a family member having to go into a residential care home. It is based on the area they live in.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30990913

We Solicitors say “This is an excellent tool to give you an idea of what to expect. It could be particularly useful if you are acting as an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney on someone’s behalf. Care fees are a minefield and many people have misconceptions about what will happen if they had to go into a residential care home and how they will have to pay for their care.

It is always better to plan ahead and put in place any measures you can before the possibility of looking into care becomes imminent. There are choices you can make before it gets to late and others then have to decide what is best for you.

Putting a Lasting Power of Attorney in place for your Property and Affairs and for your Health and Welfare is essential for anyone reaching retirement age even if it is not required now it can be safely stored until such time as it may be needed.

Making a Will can also assist in planning ahead especially for a married couple who own their own home. The Care calculator is a very good starting point to give you an idea as to what you could potentially face in the future.”

If you would like more information about how you could plan for your future or you are in a position where care costs are an issue now then contact WE Solicitors LLP for expert advice and a free initial consultation to see how we can help you or your carer. #BBCCareCalc

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Bolton Wigan and surrounding arears

 

Martin Lewis has designed his six financial resolutions that if you do them now, the benefits should last throughout the year and longer.

See More: http://www.u.tv/entertainment/Martin-Lewis-New-Years-resolutions/9751387f-0b37-4893-bf04-b5dea5894c2b

No 2 on the list is:

“2…Stop putting off making a will and power of attorney. If you die will-less the ‘intestacy’ rules decide where your assets go and can mean your long-term partner gets nothing. Hollie emailed me saying: “Two years on I’m dealing with the fallout from Mum not having a will. Please get one.” So consider making a will.

The gold standard is a solicitor-drafted will. To get that for free, if your diary-keeping is good (if not just pay and do it now – better that than not doing it at all), in March there’s a small Free Wills Month scheme for those aged 55 or over. Then in November there’s the UK-wide Will Aid, though it asks you to donate to charity to get one. Also many charities have free will-drafting schemes providing you leave them a bequest. Some insurance policies and unions also offer free services. If not then Which? has a will-writing service where you do it yourself and it is looked over by a solicitor for £89.

Plus one in three aged over 65 die with dementia. If you lose your faculties, then it can be a financial nightmare, as it’s a hugely difficult and expensive process for someone to take control of your finances.

Norma Desmond says: “It’s a very long, drawn out and quite intrusive process. It’s also expensive. I just wish we’d managed to get power of attorney instead, when Dad was more capable.”

If you get a power of attorney now, it’s far easier. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you lose control; you can choose that it will only kick into place if you lose your faculties.

You can do it yourself if you’re reasonably savvy and have simple circumstances or you can get it drafted by a solicitor. The Alzheimer’s Society has useful information.”

You can get a ‘gold standard’ Will drafted by WE Solicitors LLP face to face

for just

£90+ VAT or £135 + VAT for a couple (Mirror Wills)

Lasting Powers of Attorney can be

drafted, signed and registered for £450 + VAT

(not including court registration fee)

If you would like more information on Wills or Lasting Powers of Attorney

Home visits available throughout the Manchester and Greater Manchester areas. Including Failsworth Oldham Bury Bolton Salford Wigan

Contact WE Solicitors

Don’t put off such an important issue.

Email: info@wesolicitors.com

#useaprofessional #will #lastingpowerofattorney

Telephone: 0800 294 3065

TODAY

 

Listen to the Podcast by Alzheimer’s Society

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/home_info.php?homepageID=374&utm_campaign=General121214&utm_content=12351041044&utm_medium=Enewsletter&utm_source=Smart%20Focus

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.

In this episode of the podcast Hannah speaks to helpline supervisor Kim about the progression of the different types of dementia.

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We Solicitors say: “Dementia is progressive. It can be difficult and emotional to accept a diagnosis but one of the best things you can do to help your family and carer to look after you or assist you to live with dementia is to ensure that you have your affairs in order for whatever may be round the corner.”

 

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney is vital. It is an important document to have in place for everyone but even more so when living with dementia.

 

Consider putting a Lasting power of attorney in place today.

For advice and assistance call we solicitors for friendly and professional approach

Competitive fixed costs – Home visits available

Email: info@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065

TODAY

Do not put off such an important issue