The Financial Conduct Authority has called for lasting powers of attorney to be fully digitised to make them easier to apply for. Dawn Joughlin argues that the proposals will only leave vulnerable people at risk of fraud and abuse.
Helen Starkie reports back from this year’s Elderly Client Care Conference, held on 20 October
Recent research has suggested that more could be done to clearly communicate legal issues to vulnerable clients. Helen Quinn and Gemma Jolly from Alzheimer’s Society explain how to improve your written and verbal skills to communicate effectively with people with dementia.
Delegates at the conference could choose between five workshops, run twice over the course of the day. Helen Clarke rounds up her workshop
Melinda Giles and Fiona Heald outline the three main ways government will assist with care fees for a person going into care – through the local authority; NHS continuing healthcare; and section 117 funding – and explain when it is possible to claim, how to claim, and what is and what is not taken into account.
Over 50 per cent of people aged 65 or over have been targeted by scammers in the UK, according to National Trading Standards. Louise Baxter explains how its Friends Against Scams initiative is fighting back, and how solicitors can get involved
As the cost of residential care rises, more people are attempting to protect their home and other assets from local authorities to avoid paying for care. Heledd Wyn explains why such actions are doomed to fail, and how local authorities will approach a so-called deliberate deprivation of assets
There are several reasons why clients may want to transfer ownership of their home to their children – avoiding its value being included in care fee assessments, for example. But, cautions Roz Wyeth, there are major tax implications when passing on property