Philip Baldwin, a solicitor in our Wills & Probate department, was recently invited to attend a local Alzheimers Society Carer’s group, which brings together carers supporting those with Dementia.
The number of people with dementia is steadily increasing according to research by the Alzheimer’s Society. In 2013, nearly a million people were diagnosed with Dementia in the UK. Because the illness is progressive, the immediate family and friends often suffer a great deal of stress and anxiety trying to support a loved one with the disease.
Philip’s talk provided practical and legal advice on issues such as:
- Mental capacity
- Care home fee planning
- Inheritance Tax planning
- Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
Lisa Goodman, Dementia Support Worker for the Alzheimers Society, said of Philip’s talk, “I wanted to say thank you to Philip for the talk he did for our carers group, which provided a lot of really useful advice and was well received by everyone who attended.”
Philip said, “It is really important that there are Dementia support groups around to provide carers with much needed practical and emotional support. People often assume that a diagnosis of Dementia means that a person is prevented from making a Will or managing their own affairs. That is not always the case. Because Dementia is progressive, the concerns of those looking after loved ones with Dementia often become greater over time and helping people to understand how they can get their affairs in order hopefully means that they have one less thing to worry about.”#
Legal advice for people with Alzheimers
For advice on legal issues affecting you or someone that you care for with Alzheimers, Philip is based at our Hinckley office and can be contacted on 01455 639900. Alternatively, the Alzheimer’s Society can be contacted directly for information and support on 0116 231 1111.