Solicitors for the Elderly and Vulnerable
Our specialist team look after the interests of elderly and vulnerable individuals to support them with their legal and financial affairs
We have a highly experienced specialist team, who advise and look after the interests of elderly and vulnerable adults and children, their relatives, and carers. Our team provide support with legal and financial affairs as well as being able to act as executor, trustee, or attorney.
Why choose Brachers?
Our multi-disciplinary team provides a seamless service, covering a wide range of legal support for clients including the drafting of Wills and LPAs; advising on property matters such as selling property, releasing equity and considering care home options; applications to the Court of Protection, dealing with probate and estate administration and more.
Our team are friendly and personable and will always provide clear advice, avoiding legal jargon, to ensure that all our clients understand the options available to them.
We strive to provide the best added value service possible, whether that is out-of-hours phone calls when you need support, or home visits to talk through matters face-to-face in a familiar and comfortable environment.
Recognition of our expertise
Head of our Elderly and Vulnerable team, Mary Rimmer, is highly regarded and well recognised for her work within the elderly and vulnerable community and her charitable contributions. Mary is highlighted in The Legal 500 2022 guide as a ‘Key Lawyer’ and ‘Next Generation Partner’ in the areas of Charities and Not-for-profit.
Mary dedicates much of her time supporting the Alzheimer’s Society, as a volunteer, a Dementia Friends Ambassador and an active member of the Dementia Friendly Community for both Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells. Her commitment to raising awareness of people living with dementia led to Mary becoming a finalist in the ‘Emma Kent Award for Outstanding Contribution’ category in the Dementia Friendly Kent Awards 2019.
In 2022, Mary’s passion for supporting charities was commended, with her win of the ‘Contribution to the Community Award’ at the Kent Law Society Awards. The award recognises Mary’s dedication to the charity sector, including her position as trustee of Spadework and Maidstone Mencap Charitable Trust.
Mary is also a member of the professional bodies and groups below and has received a merit in the Step Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients.
- Solicitors for the Elderly
- STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
- The STEP Mental Capacity Special Interest Group
- The STEP Charities Special Interest Group
- The Court of Protection Practitioners’ Group (CoPPA)
- The Charity Law Association.
Our Private Client team is ranked consistently in the top guides to law firms, achieving the top tier in the Personal Tax and Probate category in The Legal 500. The team are regularly recognised in numerous prestigious industry awards, including winning ‘Best Deputyship Firm‘ at the UK Probate Research Awards 2023, ‘Best Probate Law Firm – London and the South East’ at the UK Probate Research Awards 2021 and ‘Private Client Team of the Year’ at the British Wills and Probate Awards 2020.
Find out more about our awards, accreditations and partnerships that make us stand out from the rest.
How we can help
Simply expand the sections below for more information on the services and support available to you.
Powers of Attorney
Our experienced power of attorney solicitors will advise on the different types of power of attorney documents that are available. We provide advice and support for individuals wanting to set up lasting and general powers of attorney.
We also provide advice to those who have been appointed as a financial attorney. If you have already been appointed as a financial attorney and you act on behalf of someone who has become unable to deal with their financial affairs, we can talk you through registration of their power of attorney.
If you are looking for some peace of mind that your affairs will be taken care of should you lose mental capacity, or have a physical illness/disability, we can help you prepare a property and financial affairs LPA and/or a health and welfare LPA.
Find out more about how we can help you create an LPA, register an LPA or register an enduring power of attorney for someone else. Alternatively, you can book a free online appointment to discuss your situation.
Court of Protection
If a person is lacking the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their financial affairs and they have not prepared a power of attorney, then an individual can apply to act on their behalf. This is done through the Court of Protection.
Our team of specialist solicitors have many years’ experience in applications to the Court of Protection and will support you in your application. We can also be appointed as a financial deputy for individuals who may not have anyone suitable to act on their behalf.
We advise on all types of application to the Court of Protection such as:
- Financial deputyships
- Statutory Will applications
- Gifting applications
- Applications for approval for gratuitous family care payments.
Wills and Trusts
Having a Will in place is very important to ensure your wishes are carried out on your death and helps avoid upsetting issues and disputes for family members and those left behind.
Our experienced Will writing solicitors will guide you through the process of writing a Will to help ensure your family and other chosen beneficiaries are taken care of and minimise any tax liabilities for you all.
We encourage all our clients to review their Will regularly as the value of assets and relationships can all change.
If you are an appointed financial attorney and are unsure of the benefits that your loved one may be entitled to, our specialist elderly and vulnerable care team can help.
We will help you to understand which benefits they would be entitled to and will support you with the often-complicated claim paperwork to ensure you are doing all you can to increase their income.
Please get in touch with our Elderly and Vulnerable Client team today to find out how we can help you.
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Chambers High Net Worth Guide
The empathy and reassurance provided during proceedings was of a highly personal nature.
The Legal 500
Brachers know their subject, are very competent and, above all, very diplomatic. These attributes have been so important during the present lock down when the ‘working from home’ handicap could have spoiled progress – but it didn’t.
Brachers are very community-minded and are always approachable and easy to communicate with.