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Funding Options For Long Term Care

Following the Governments long awaited announcement of the establishment of a Royal Commission to examine long term care, Harriet Clarke and Gillian Parker, of the Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit at the University of Leicester, report and analyse the results of their recent survey into funding options for the care of older people.

Capacity

Denzil Lush, Master of the Court of Protection, summarises a recent Canadian decision on the mental capacity required to separate, divorce, and instruct a solicitor.

Getting the Advice Right

The need to plan for old age means that people are increasingly looking to professionals for guidance. In this article, Philip Spiers demonstrates the importance of giving the right advice, by reference to several Cast Studies where the initial advice given was not appropriate

When Death is Not the Last Word

In the first of a series of articles Sarah Lacey, a Chancery Barrister at 3 Stone Buildings, Lincolns Inn, practising in all areas of trusts, probate and tax, examines the tax consequences of post death rearrangements, and in particular Deeds of Variation.

Benefits for Disability

Alan Robinson continues his series of articles examining the welfare benefits system by focusing on the basics of two key benefits; Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance.

Charitable Gifts for Elderly Clients

Elderly clients are often more inclined than the younger generation to make charitable gifts in their Wills; the reasons for this are varied. They may have a larger estate with fewer dependents; they often have personal experience of charities e.g., through relatives suffering disease and receiving help from a particular charity. Surviving spouses who are childless may be particularly interested in charitable bequests and the solicitor needs to advise appropriately on the various options and pitfalls. In this article Emma Chamberlain discusses some of the common issues that can arise.

Benefits for the Elderly: State Retirement Pension

The principal state benefit for retirement is the state retirement pension. This is a contributory benefit which is paid at a flat rate. In addition a person may be entitled to additional pension from either the graduated pension scheme or the state earnings related pension scheme (or both), and to income from a private pension; and may be entitled to one or more of the means tested benefits.

Court of Protection Case Report

Denzil Lush, Master of the Court of Protection, summarises a decision of Mr Justice Rattee on switching jurisdictions between the Enduring Powers of Attorney Act and the Mental Health Act

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