This World Alzheimer's Month, we have posted a series of blogs throughout the month to provide you with information on how you can help yourself and your loved ones.

We have discussed the importance of preparing a power of attorney; whether someone with dementia can make a will; and lifetime gifting and protecting your assets.

The international campaign to raise awareness and support those suffering from dementia brings into sharp focus the importance of planning early for the future, and highlights the particular approach required when dealing with vulnerable adults affected by dementia.

Such an approach is advocated by "Solicitors for the Elderly" - a national association of over 1,600 independent lawyers and paralegals who specialise in older client law, of which I became a member earlier this year.

Each member of the organisation, which was set up in 1996, spends at least 50% of their time working with older and vulnerable clients and has expert knowledge and experience which enables them to provide the best possible advice and support. Being a member requires understanding the importance of taking into account any difficulties, both mental and physical, which can affect older and vulnerable clients, and being sensitive to the health and social problems that older and vulnerable people may face. Members adopt a holistic approach to problem solving and endeavours to put older and vulnerable clients at ease when advising on their personal affairs and sometimes dealing with complex, life changing issues.

Here at Brodies, we have a wealth of experience in supporting older and vulnerable people and their families, and share the overall approach outlined above. We can help you with all aspects of planning for the future, including making a will, preparing a power of attorney, advance directives, tax planning, asset preservation and paying for care.

We have said it time and time again and the message will not change - early planning can make all the difference, should there come a time when you are not able to make decisions for yourself.

You can speak to your usual Brodies contact about helping you plan for later in life and helping you support your loved ones.


Stacey Gourley