Well done to our wills and probate manager, Alison Griffiths, who has successfully passed the necessary qualifications to be a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
Alison has also become a Dementia Friend and joined the Swindon Dementia Action Alliance Group, which is seeking to develop Dementia Friendly Communities for people with dementia, their carers and families among voluntary and statutory services, businesses and the wider community.
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and chartered legal executives, who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.
The organisation was the brain child of a small group of solicitors who had attended a conference on the ‘Elderly Client’ in the mid 1990s. They realised there was a need for a specialist group of lawyers who could advise older clients, in particular on the issues surrounding capacity, delegated decision making and long-term care.
Alison is now among those who have passed SFE’s Older Client Care in Practice award (OCCP). This gives older clients assurance not only that the lawyers have the right expertise, but that they are sympathetic and understanding of older people’s particular needs. Alison has drawn up Optimum’s Older and Vulnerable Client Care Procedure Policy and if you would like a copy please drop her an email.
If you are an older client and would like to talk to Alison about things like making a will, lasting powers of attorney, trusts, probate or funding care in older age, please do get in touch.