17 November 2017 by

“Will to Remember” – Bolt Burdon supporting the Alzheimer’s Society

Sadly cases of dementia are on the increase, however making a decision and then putting in place a Will or a Lasting Power of Attorney are not. In our experience, the older or more infirm people become, the less likely or willing they are to address the sensitive matter of loss of mental capacity.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) grants authority to the people you have appointed (known as attorneys) to manage your property and finances and/or health affairs while you are alive. A Will dictates how the person’s affairs are dealt with post death.

In order for either an LPA or a Will to be valid, the person making them must have mental capacity. With regards to a Will, this means they:

  • understand that they are making a Will and what its effect will be;
  • understand what their assets are; and
  • appreciate who might expect to inherit under their Will, including family and dependents

Sometimes a solicitor may require a medical report particularly where there are concerns over mental capacity.

It is important to understand that just because a person is starting to show signs of the onset of or has been diagnosed with dementia does not necessarily mean that they will not have the mental capacity to make a Will. In such circumstances however time could be critical and the best advice is to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible.

At Bolt Burdon we are only too aware of the emotional and practical difficulties that sufferers (as well as their loved ones) of dementia in all its forms experience. This is why we are very pleased to be assisting the Alzheimer’s Society, one of the UK’s leading dementia charities who provide information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people living with dementia. To find out more about what they do click here.

Will to Remember Scheme 

By offering the services of our highly qualified and accredited solicitors (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and The Association of Lifetime Lawyers) we are proud to support the Alzheimer’s Society’s  –  “Will to Remember Scheme”.

If you sign up to the scheme here the Will to Remember team will send you their pack which includes a voucher worth £150 off the cost of drafting your Will. Then contact us to arrange an appointment and bring the voucher to our meeting for the discount to apply.

We take pride in providing our clients with advice, support and confidence when planning for the future particularly if you have concerns surrounding mental capacity. If you would like to speak to us about your concerns, find out more about the scheme or prepare or amend a Will or LPA, then please contact a member of our team in Wealth Planning.

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