Specialist event open to all to help people prepare for later life care


Gardner Leader solicitors alongside four other organisations are hosting a free event on Tuesday 5 March to give expert legal, financial and practical advice on preparing for later stages of life and care.

The ‘Faith, Hope and Clarity’ event is open to anyone to attend. It starts at 6:30pm until 8:00pm with light refreshments provided, at Douai Park, Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5TG. With advice from five specialist speakers, guests will be taken through an example family situation and advised on how to deal with issues that may arise when arranging care for an elderly or incapacitated person. Experts include: –

Penny Wright, partner in the Inheritance Protection team at Gardner Leader, will be talking about the importance of having Lasting Powers of Attorney in place to assist in managing the finances of incapacitated relatives and making decisions on their behalf. She will also discuss dealing with the Court of Protection.

Only 3% of people in our region have signed a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (*July 2018 by Solicitors for the Elderly). This means that 97% could be leaving their end of life care decisions to strangers. Many people either choose not to think about it, or incorrectly assume that their partner or close relatives would have authority to make decisions.

Key questions to ask yourself (or your elderly relative) are:

Tara McInnes Senior Associate Solicitor in the Disputed Wills and Trusts Team at Shoosmiths LLP will be discussing the potential claims that can be brought against a person’s estate and giving tips on what steps to take to prevent such claims from arising.

Melanie Meads from Q1 Care will be talking about supporting elderly and incapacitated people, to help them remain safely in their own home, and ways to improve their quality of life. Melanie is founder of Q1Care which offers domicillary and live in care to the elderly and vulnerable who wish to stay in their own homes. She also runs the Care Hub in Goring which provides information and access to care and support.

Kate Talbot from Shore Financial Planning will explain how to plan for the financial cost of caring for an incapacitated person and give vital tips on financial planning and tax issues to help prepare for this. Where investment risk is recommend, your capital may be at risk and losses can exceed your cash deposits.

Alison Hesketh of Time Finders will explain how she gives practical and emotional support to older people, maintaining as much independence as possible while responding to their changing needs, such as moving to more suitable accommodation, exploring care options, providing advocacy, or being the point of contact between care-providers and far-away relatives.Bottom of Form

People can register for the event via the events page on our website or by emailing [email protected] Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Penny Wright

Inheritance Protection
Charity Law

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