Craig Solicitors

We are a Legal500 recommended firm of Solicitors with offices in Leeds and London. Our Wills, Probate & Mental Health Consultant is an Associate Member of Solicitors for the Elderly; a Full Member of the Institute of Legacy Management; an Associate Legal Executive; an affiliated member of the STEP Mental Capacity Special Interest Group and the STEP Philanthropy Special Interest Group. He has over 20 years' experience of assisting clients in this area of the law.

28 June 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, York Dementia Action Alliance, Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, Harrogate and Rural District Dementia Action Alliance

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1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

1.We provide an holistic service to all of our older clients in accordance with the Solicitors for the Elderly code of conduct.

2. All of our older client legal services include a full review of the client's later life legal affairs and we do this in a kind, caring and considerate manner, ensuring that all available options are explained fully in straightforward terms without the legal jargon.

3. Our specialist consultant is actively involved in supporting Alzheimer's Society; Dementia Friends; several of our local Dementia Action Alliance Groups and undertakes volunatary work in a senior position with an NHS Mental Health Trust.

4. Our specialist consultant is a Director of a not-for-profit CIC which has provided low cost advice and assistance to clients in this area of the law since 2008 and has raised funds for Alzheimer's Society.

5. We take part in charitable fundraising events such as Will Aid and in every case we provide the same patient, holistic service that we have described previously.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

As we and our specialist consultant support a number of charities and associations, we must be flexible and ensure that he has sufficient time to deliver the outcomes we have described.

The law changes almost every day and we must ensure that we have instant reliable access to relevant changes, articles and legal precedents.

Ensuring that we support our specialist consultant with his continuing professional development (CPD) courses for each of the professional bodies that he is a member of.

Ensuring that each and every client is able to benefit from our specialist consultant's vast experience and knowledge about Dementia and other mental health issues.

Ensuring that our staff are mental health aware when conducting their duties.

Ensuring that we connect with people, carers, professionals, charities and voluntary organisations and offer to speak at meetings and events that  have been arranged.

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