We are all aware that we have an ageing population in the UK, and as we and our loved ones become older, a little extra help is sometimes needed. With two of our solicitors in the Personal and Family practice area Associate members of Solicitors for the Elderly, we have the necessary skills to assist and advise older and more vulnerable individuals.

What is Solicitors for the Elderly?

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) was founded in 1996 and is a specialised group offering help and support to older people. It is now a national organisation with over 1,500 solicitors who are committed to its founding principles. Members of SFE are able to provide quality legal advice to older and vulnerable clients, their families and their carers.

What are the benefits?

SFE members are trained in older client care so they are able to take into account both mental and physical difficulties that older clients experience and they are aware of the health and social problems older people face. SFE members provide independent advice in the best interests of their client, whilst respecting their dignity and making them feel as comfortable as possible. They endeavour to communicate in easy and understandable language and take the time to ensure their client understands the advice.

When would this apply?

SFE members are experienced in all aspects of older client law. However, particular areas of work include:

  • The preparation of wills and administering executries following death
  • Estate and succession planning (including inheritance tax planning)
  • Preparation of trusts and associated advice
  • Mental capacity issues – including preparation of and administering powers of attorney and guardianships
  • Care funding
  • Abuse issues

Stacey Gourley, Senior Solicitor in Edinburgh and myself are Associate members of SFE. If you or your loved ones require some specialised advice for an older client, we would be pleased to assist.