Solicitors for the Elderly

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is an organisation representing approximately 1750 qualified solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives who specialise in advising the elderly and vulnerable in our society together with supporting their families and carers when facing the challenges that come with older age and illness. We are actively involved with many charities and support groups that deal with dementia and older age issues and work closely with these organisations to ensure that clear and relevant information is available to those who need it. We are involved in responses to Government consultations relating to legal matters such as the future of Lasting Powers of Attorney, The Office of the Public Guardian, The Court of Protection and probate fees. Our members are highly motivated and trained to accreditation standard in order to offer relevant, clear and expert advice on the legal issues that those living with dementia face and do so in a sympathetic manner. We also offer a expert voice and commentary to social care issues, financial abuse and worrying trends that could affect the older or vulnerable person.

29 November 2018

1. Action Plan

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?

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is able to ensure that people with dementia and their carers are able to access appropriate legal advice and support across the country. Our organisation is able to direct those who need advice to a suitable local lawyer with the relevant expertise to assist in such areas as Lasting Powers of Attorney for both finance and health and welfare, resolving disputes that may arise with badly drawn up powers or potential abuse, Court of Protection applications where capacity is lost, suitable Will preparation, advice regarding the impact of care home fees, who pays for such care and challenges to incorrect or inappropriate assessment, issues of potential financial abuse, poor care and deprivation of liberty.

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

We do not see any specific challenges in delivering our service other than raising awareness that we exist as an organisation and are looking to work more closely with charities and groups assisting people with dementia and their carers. Our members are required to follow a rigorous training regime which ensures that they are both up to date with the law but also best practice in dealing with the specific challenges faced by dementia.

Member website

2. Actions

  • Improve the Skills of the Dementia Care Workforce

    We will continue to improve the level of support and training for our members to ensure a continued high level of awareness of capacity issues, the Mental Capacity Act,care funding and legal matters that can assist those living with dementia and their families and for them to continue to live full and independent lives with dignity and respect. Our fully accredited members obtain their award through SfJ and will continue to support our student members and associated members to obtain accredited training in areas of client care to ensure that they are highly skilled in giving legal advice to those living with dementia.

    Being implemented

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    New member

    We continue to push through our members to full accreditation and support them with training programs. We have just completed the first 2 webinars for our members.

  • To rewrite our training manuals in the next 12 months

    To rewrite out training manuals for our members and continue to focus on best practice and updated law around Mental Capacity and best interest decision making.  In order that our members can support people and their families living with dementia and assisted them to make informed choices.

  • Media campaign around Health and Welfare Powers of Attorney

    We will be launching a media campaign in April/May of this year to raise awareness of the importance of forward planning and making sure wishes, feelings and beliefs are recorded early in order to secure people living with dementia continue to have a voice and say into their care and wellbeing.

    Being implemented

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    In planning stage at the moment