Tuesday, 31 October 2006

Helping the elderly face legal issues

Elderly residents in Shropshire nursing homes are being invited to sit down for a cup of tea and a slice of – legal advice.

The scheme has been launched by Martin-Kaye Solicitors, of The Foundry, in Euston Way, Telford, in the wake of increasing concerns about the cost of care.

Fiona Macnamara, from the firm’s Family Team, specialises in issues which affect elderly people, and she has been visiting local nursing homes for an informal chat.

“More and more elderly people are facing the prospect of having to sell their family home to pay for their care, and it’s clear that families are extremely concerned about how they can protect the assets their relative has worked for all their life,” said Fiona.

“We decided to organise a series of coffee mornings at the invitation of several local nursing homes, in order to give residents and their families the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns in a relaxed atmosphere.

“The majority of questions are about wills, estate planning and inheritance tax, and of course about how to deal with the increasing costs families are facing to make sure their relatives are well cared for.

“I don’t make a formal presentation, as it wouldn’t be appropriate, but really it’s just a chat in a comfortable environment which is designed to help put people’s minds at ease.

“We also provide the refreshments for the get-together, to make sure there is no cost to the nursing homes we visit.”

Fiona is currently planning a new round of visits, and is keen to hear from nursing homes who think they would benefit from a similar event.

Pic: Fiona Macnamara (Martin-Kaye Solicitors) with Betty Rawlins and Richard Hughes, at the latest coffee morning and advice session held at Hallcroft Close, Newport