Talking about death isn’t something anyone ever really wants to do. But when you are nearing the end of your life, allowing those who care about you and love you, the opportunity to know your wishes, how you would like to be cared for (if possible) and how you would like, what you own, to be passed on, is quite simply priceless.
It is clear that the need for ‘advance care planning’ particularly in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, is becoming ever more pressing. We hear the real concerns that people have, about how the virus could potentially impact upon their health and their lives both at home and work and how people with life limiting conditions, are particularly being advised to think ahead and plan, for when their health might fail or when they are no longer able to communicate for themselves.
We want to reassure you that Kitsons’ Private Client Team have the expertise to sensitively help you to plan ahead. We are here to help you get it done.
As a starting point we look to see if you have the following documents in place:
A will allows you to express what kind of funeral you would like, who should act as guardians to your children and whom you would wish to appoint as your executors and exactly how you would want your estate to pass, upon your death.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)
There are two types of LPA, one that covers property and financial affairs such as your house, bank accounts, investments, pension and one that covers health and welfare, making decisions about your day to day living, medical treatment and end of life care.
Putting in place an LPA is your chance to choose individuals (attorneys) you want and trust to manage your financial affairs and property and to make decisions about your care, in circumstances where you are no longer able to, due to ill health (or alternatively, in the case of your financial affairs because you would prefer not to).
Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT)
We can help you let your doctors know your wishes about any treatment that you do not want to have and draft your ADRT. This is a legally binding document, but only if it satisfies certain requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
More than anything, it is important that you talk to professionals such as the Private Client Team at Kitsons, your doctor, your friends and family about your wishes, perhaps they can help you make the decisions you might have difficulty making.
We are here to help you ensure you receive the care you want, for yourself and your property and to make certain that your voice is heard, both in life and death.
Marjorie is a qualified solicitor, a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and unusually, until recently, also a Registered Nurse (Adult).
With a BSc in Health Studies and specialist qualifications in care of the dying and palliative care, she has particular expertise in assessing mental capacity and is happy to help people with communication difficulties or complex care needs, in all types of healthcare settings.
She primarily focuses on elderly client care, financial abuse and safeguarding issues in the elderly, alongside more general private client work in wills, probate and lasting powers of attorney.
Marjorie is a Dementia Friend Administrator within the firm and blogger for the Law Society.