Monday, 22 September 2014

Last Week I Became a Dementia Friend.

As a part of my job, I have to do a huge amount of continuing professional development, most of it is very dry and dull involving lots of reading and keeping up to date with case law and legislation. But last week I did some training which was genuinely eye opening -

I became a dementia friend.
Dementia Friends

Dementia is a scare word, most people struggle to find the positives in living with a condition that slowly robs us of our memories. The Alzheimer’s society is spearheading a campaign to help people understand the dementia and the challenges that everyone faces when dealing with it.
There are five key things that you need to know -
  • ·         Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process.
  • ·         Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
  • ·         It is not just about losing your memory.
  • ·         It's possible to live well with it.
  • ·         There is more to the person than the dementia.

When you become a Dementia Friend you learn a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and your are enabled to turn your understanding into action in your everyday life - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.

The nature of our business means that we regularly meet clients who are living with dementia so it is important that our staff understand the challenges families face. The dementia friends training, didn't take long but was eye opening it challenged a number of preconceptions and I truly believe it will help me to serve our clients better.

The next step for me is to go on to become a dementia champion, which means more training towards the end of October, This will not only give me a greater understanding of living with dementia, it will enable me to bring other advisors into the circle of dementia friends. Will & Probate Services is committed to providing the best planning services for people living with dementia and I am committed to helping other professionals join the initiative so that they can serve their elder clients properly.

Whatever you do, from helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media, or helping with planning for life with dementia every action counts.

You can contact Will & Probate Services on 01778 382723. or find out more about the Dementia Friends initiative at 

Friday, 12 September 2014

What you need to know about - Lasting Power of Attorney

When people become unable to look after their own affairs, they generally want those closest to them to look after their affairs on their behalf. People often assume that this is an automatic right, even if they, for example, have savings or investments in their sole name. But this is not necessarily the case and where no representatives (attorneys) are pre-appointed, your family may have to apply to the Court of Protection for access to your assets. Sometimes the court will appoint a court official instead of a persons’ relatives.

So what is the solution?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint people (known as ‘attorneys’) to make decisions on your behalf should you become unable to make your own. There are 2 types of lasting power of attorney

Health and Welfare

Lasting Power of AttorneyThis allows you to choose attorneys to make decisions about things like

*             daily routine
*             medical care
*             moving into a care home
*             life sustaining treatment.

Property & Financial Affairs

This lets you chose attorneys to make decisions about money and property eg;

*             paying bills,
*             running your bank accounts
*             selling your home

This type of lasting power of attorney can be used as soon as it is registered, with the your permission

You may choose to make one type or both. In order to do so they must be over the age of 18 and have mental capacity.

Require more information? No problem, we can provide more detail on the services we offer and our low fixed fees - call Will & Probate Services - 01778 382723. See our dedicated LPA website for more in depth information