We understand the worries life can bring as you get older. Contact us today for advice on financial, business or medical matters.
Who do Pitmans’ lawyers work for?
We advise people in later life who are concerned at their growing inability to cope with financial and business matters, or fear dementia or other medical conditions. They are thinking ahead, perhaps with a view to putting Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) or Living Wills in place.
We also advise children who have assumed some responsibility for helping their parents, or kind friends or neighbours. They may be finding that the burden is too great, or realise that help will be needed in the near future.
Others seek help too late, when mental or physical capacity has deteriorated, and an application has to be made to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for appointment of a “Deputy”- an Attorney by another name.
When family or friends cannot provide solutions, members of the firm can act as Attorneys or Deputies as part of our professional service.
Finally we act for people who have already been appointed as Attorneys or Deputies, and feel in need of independent professional guidance, or a full management service.
Whatever problems confront you, the chances are we will have seen them before, and either help solve them, or at least reduce the stress.
Do Pitmans’ lawyers have any particular areas of expertise?
Families used to cope with caring for the elderly at home, but Social Services and the NHS increasingly take the strain, providing means tested benefits, or free “Continuing Care” in serious medical cases. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is in the background to register Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).
Since the Mental Health Act 2005 “the system” has become more complex. Two kinds of LPA are available for Property & Financial Affairs, and Health & Welfare, but are tricky to complete without help. The OPG is overwhelmed by applications, and the Government is developing a national strategy to cope with the problems of dementia, while Local Authorities are reducing Social Services budgets.
Instead of a Health & Welfare LPA, an increasing number of people are considering a “Living Will” (also known as an “Advance Directive”) to record their wishes for medical care.
One of the greatest concerns of the public is how to pay for care, and still leave an inheritance for the children.
Whilst “the system” encourages you to cope for yourself, elderly people find it daunting, which is where Pitmans experienced lawyers, including a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, can help.
Why choose Pitmans’ lawyers?
Pitmans and its predecessor firms have been around in Reading for over 150 years. We became established in London in 2008. Our business has expanded from traditional private client work (wills, trusts, probate, conveyancing, matrimonial and other disputes) into an impressive range of commercial fields, both UK and international, but we have never lost the human touch.
Our clients are very diverse, and so are their families and personal business needs. As a result, we have a remarkable range of experience at your disposal, in terms of clients, the problems of later life, and lawyers available to help.
Whether the time has come to put a LPA or Living Will in place, or there are more complex family issues to resolve, please get in touch.
We can talk by phone or at an initial meeting (including a home visit if needed), free of charge, to see how we can help.