Support for the Elderly and Vulnerable
As we get older or our circumstances change we face new challenges. We are here to help you meet those challenges with confidence and without worry. We have been looking after generations of Brachers’ clients and are dedicated to helping them with some of the legal and quasi-legal issues encountered.
In addition to what you expect a lawyer to advise on, such as a will and lasting powers of attorney, we can also help you organise your affairs and advise you and members of your family on how to manage them in a simple and understandable way. As people age, suffer illness or accidents, their care needs will change and our team can advise on issues surrounding capacity, care charges and continuing care. We can also advise on the Court of Protection, protection of damages payments and provide general assistance when required.
Some of our clients do not have relatives within easy access and we can step in and co-ordinate some of the tasks that you may be finding more and more difficult. As we have built up years of experience with our more elderly and vulnerable clients, there are few problems we cannot overcome. We can help you plan for your future. We can also act as your safeguard against people who might push to take advantage of you and your finances by protecting them and channelling enquiries in our direction.
As deputies and attorneys for many clients we take a real interest not only in your property and affairs but also with your health and welfare. We will go the extra mile to ensure that you are well looked after.
Kelly Duke is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). SFE is a national organisation of lawyers committed to providing and promoting high quality legal services for older people, their family and carers. Its members must have a qualifying number of years’ experience advising older people and complete an examination before becoming a member. Kelly must comply with their Code of Practice so you can be confident about the service you receive. Members of SFE can be considered as experts in their field.
Simon Palmer and Kelly Duke have been recognised by MENCAP as specialist advisers for individuals with learning disabilities and their families. MENCAP have included Simon and Kelly on their recommended provider’s list in recognition of their expertise in advising in relation to wills and trusts. MENCAP promote the use of recommended providers as their vetting process ensures their approved providers fully understand all complexities involved where a family member has learning disabilities. Simon and Kelly do not only advise in relation to wills and trusts but also advise on all other areas that give rise to concerns and worries for these families.
Areas of Specialism
- Wills (incorporating care fee protection)
- Property and Affairs Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Acting as attorney
- Applications to the Court of Protection
- Acting as deputy
- Care fee advice
- Continuing care advice
- Care package planning
- Benefit advice
- Management of general affairs
- Advice on asset protection trusts
- Creation of personal injury trusts
- Acting in relation to contested registration applications
- Acting in relation to contested Court of Protection applications
- Deprivation of liberty safeguards