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Social Fund Funeral Payments

The need to provide for a decent burial has played an important part in the history of social policy. In the nineteenth century there was a rapid expansion of friendly and burial societies. By 1874, the Prudential alone had over one million policy holders, and the

Will drafting and execution: some cases to remember.

There have been a spate of cases on Wills recently which it will repay the busy practitioner to study carefully. Some relate to the negligence of solicitors in preparing the Will and ensuring it is executed properly. Others concern the enforceability of Wills against disappointed beneficiaries. This article is merely a brief summary of a few recent cases.

Understanding dementia

In the UK dementia currently affects 5% of those aged 65 and over and this figure rises to 20% for the over 80s. The department of health has estimated that by 2040 there will be over 1.2 million people aged over 65 with dementia

Benefit Options for Carers

The welfare benefits system is now so complex that claimants will not infrequently be presented with more than one option. Although the wrong choice may involve loss of income, the Benefits Agency is no longer able to give specific advice on a better off problem. Advice lines, such as the disability advice line (0800 882200) provide general advice about claiming, but do not purport to assist individuals. If the wrong benefit is claimed there is no guarantee that the claimant will ever subsequently be put on the right track.

Solicitors for the elderly

THE FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE Nearly one hundred lawyers convened for the first national conference of the new interest group, Solicitors for the Elderly on the 18th October at London Shaw Park Plaza hotel. After months of hard work by a dedicated steering committee, the conference got under way with an introduction by the Chair, Anne Edis, senior solicitor with Leicester City Council. Miss Edis thanked all those that had supported the conference, in particular PPP and Scandia Life, the sponsors and Nick Hussey from the Ark group who gave enormous practical assistance to the organisers. The Alzheimers Society, the new name of the former Alzheimer''s Disease Society supported the launch of the group by distributing information packs

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