If you are caring for someone elderly or vulnerable because of an illness or condition such as Alzheimer’s, then it can be difficult to know where to go about the legal issues that cab face you.
You should be aware of what some of those issues are and also know where you can get help and advice from.
Interestingly, there are a limited number of places to get legal advice for the elderly. You can of course go to your local Citizens Advice Bureau, but you usually have to queue and wait to see someone there, which may not be possible with someone who is either elderly and infirm or who has dementia as they may find the whole process too lengthy.
There is not a great deal of information on the internet about legal issues and the elderly either. Some organisations do touch on some of the issues affecting older people such as problems with housing or appealing a decision about the payment of care home fees, but there is little tailored advice for people with Alzheimer’s or for those who are getting old and infirm.
So where can you go for legal advice if your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia or is old and infirm?
If your loved one is suffering from a disease such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, then the Alzheimer’s Society has an informative section on their website about some of the legal issues you can face caring for someone with dementia.
Alternatively, you could look for solicitors specialising in Alzheimer’s, such as Romain Coleman. Our solicitors will work closely with you to ensure when you come to us with a legal issue, we’ll explain it to you in simple language, with no legal jargon so you can make the decisions you need to.
One of the key issues you will face when getting legal advice for an elderly person or someone who has dementia is mental capacity. Mental capacity is one of the key things that lawyers look for when acting for their clients. Mental capacity is defined in the law as someone who understands the decisions they are taking and the impact of those decisions.
To make a Will or a Lasting Power of Attorney you have to have capacity, so seek advice as early as you can. Either straight away after a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis or before your loved one gets too old or infirm.
For sensible, caring and straightforward legal advice, call us now on 0208 520 4555 or contact us online and our experienced solicitors specialising in Alzheimer’s will help you.