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Andrews Martin Solicitors Andrews Martin Solicitors

Elderly Clients & Powers of AttorneyElderly Clients & Powers of Attorney

We provide a wide range of services for the older or vulnerable client including:

Richard Martin is panel deputy for the Court of Protection for Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. He is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, the group of lawyers dedicated to elderly and vulnerable clients. Patricia is a member of Action for Elder Abuse and specialises in all matters in this area bringing compassion and understanding to situations which can be very stressful. We are pleased to offer home, hospital and care home visits on request. We are noted for our fair charging rates.

Over the last five years we have developed this department into one of the leaders in the region. We have regular contact with the Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian and we look after the financial affairs of a considerable number of elderly and vulnerable people. We deal with disputes arising within the affairs of the elderly and attend the Court of Protection when required. We receive referrals not only from the Court of Protection but also from regional hospitals and mental health bodies.

Lasting Powers of Attorney :

Lasting Powers of Attorney for Property and Affairs have replaced the old enduring powers of attorney which, since October 2007, can no longer be made. The Lasting Power of Attorney gives one or more people, usually relatives but sometimes a relative jointly with a professional, the ability to help you manage your financial affairs. The Power continues even if you lose the ability to understand your finances. As such it is of course a very powerful document.

Because of fears that the simpler Enduring Power was enabling attorneys to take advantage of their elderly relative the more comprehensive, and much lengthier, Lasting Power was produced. It is vital that this document is completed properly and that the formalities required by the Office of the Public Guardian are complied with. We have developed an expertise here and can advise on the need for such a document and ensure that it is completed and registered smoothly and at reasonable cost.

Additionally it is now possible to make a Lasting Power of Attorney for your Care and Welfare. You are able to appoint someone, nearly always close family members, to make decisions on your behalf in connection with your care and welfare, including where you are to live, should you lose the ability to make these decisions yourself. For more information about this please contact Patricia Martin.

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