On the 17th June, 2011, Michelle Cocker and Amanda Culshaw, members of our Private Client Team, gave a presentation to the members of the Alzheimers Society Support Group at Clitheroe Health Centre.
Our Team work with Julie Hesketh, who is the Dementia Support Worker for East Lancashire and have visited many of the local support groups over the last few years.
The purpose of the presentation is to inform families who may have a family member who is suffering from Dementia, Alzheimers or other related illnesses as to how the individuals’ property and affairs can be looked after on a practical and legal basis.
We discuss Powers of Attorney (for both money and property and for Health and Welfare) and also consider problems of property ownership, assessments for care and residential costs and the associated issues relating to making a Will.
We always find that after giving a presentation such as the above it gives people more knowledge, something to think about and an opportunity to take more detailed advice for their specific circumstances.
It is important to note, however, that it is never too early to instruct us to prepare an LPA for you, as once it is signed and registered with the Office of the Public Guardian it can be stored safely until such time as it is needed.
It is Dementia Awareness Week next week and Smith Sutcliffe Solicitors will be happy to meet you and your families to discuss the best ways of managing your finances in the event that you are in some way affected by such a condition.
If you wish to contact the support groups locally visit the Alzheimer's Society Website
Anyone wanting help and advice, or wishing to get involved in a support group can contact Mrs Hesketh on 01282 421233 or email
Contact our Team, Amanda Culshaw or Michelle Cocker on 01282 426251