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Here at Howells Solicitors, we have strong links with Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) with our Partner in Private Client & Asset Management, Claire Davis, also a Director of SFE. It is this strong relationship which has seen us alerted to a recent report which revealed there could be an incapacity crisis looming over our nation. More...

Claire Davis, Partner at Howells Solicitors in their Newport office has been accredited by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), a leading lawyer training organisation. Claire has been recognised for her expertise in Older Client Care in Practice (OCCP) and the Older Client Law in Practice (OCLP) after passing examinations in both. The accreditations further endorse Claire’s qualifications, and are further evidence of her commitment to offering expert legal services for the elderly.

Solicitors For the Elderly

Claire is Vice Chair of Solicitors For the Elderly, and part of the senior management team of the organisation responsible for upholding and improving the quality of the legal care available to the older population in the UK.

The main areas of law covered by the organisation are: More...

Claire Davis, Partner at Howells Solicitors and Director of Solicitors for the Elderly welcomes the announcement last week that the Welsh Government intends to improve end of life care for terminally ill people.

From both personal and professional experience Claire recognises the importance of terminally ill people having equal and proper access to round the clock services to ensure that their final days are spent in comfort and with dignity.

Commenting on the announcement, Claire said, "Many older people and their families are exposed to substandard care when it is most needed. This is not limited to terminal illnesses such as cancer but include the later stages of Alzheimer's disease where access to proper round the clock and specialist services would alleviate the lack of choice currently experienced in where and how people should die."

Claire continued, "It is often important to have a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney in place to ensure that the wishes of the older person, who may no longer be able to speak for themselves, are represented & followed with some legal weight behind them. Many older people would prefer to die at home and, currently, my experience is that older people die in hospital confused, scared and without the proper care they deserve. I hope this move puts an end to unnecessary admissions for those we should be protecting."

 

by Tristan Lewis

Following the recent announcement that those living in England will be asked to contribute no more than £75,000 towards their social care and that each person will have a protected capital threshold of £123,000 from 2017 is it likely that those older in Wales will receive the same protection from the Welsh Assembly Government?

Claire Davis, Head of the Private Client Department at Howells Solicitors and a Director of Solicitors for the Elderly a National Organisation of Lawyers representing the interests of older people says that she can see no reason why the Welsh Assembly would not consider putting in place similar rules to those being proposed in England although, of course, there are no guarantees that the limits set out for older people in England will be the same as those in Wales.  

Miss Davis explains, “The current situation is that social care is means tested in both England and Wales.  The protected capital threshold is currently £23,250 in both countries.  This means that when an individual’s assets reach that figure their income will still be used towards the funding of their care costs but no further inroads will be made into the capital.  In England there is a tariff banding which takes the effective protected capital threshold to a significantly lower level of £14,250. In my opinion, even with the proposed restructuring of care costs there is ample opportunity for older people to take proper advice to ensure that their estates and finances are constructed in such a way that as much as possible is protected from the potential impact of care home fees. " More...

As trusted solicitors for the elderly, Howell’s have put together a plain, expert guide to lasting power of attorney. Whether you are considering arranging lasting power of attorney for a family member, friend or solicitor, or have been asked to take on the role of attorney, this complete guide will answer all your questions. In this guide we will be covering:

  • The duties of an attorney
  • Who can and cannot be an attorney
  • Having more than one attorney
  • Different types of attorney
  • How to choose an attorney
  • How to find highly regarded solicitors for the elderly More...
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