JMW solicitors is a Manchester-based law firm that provides expert legal services and advice to individuals, no matter what your issue. Our specialists take a unique approach to our work, building a close working relationship with clients and delivering easy-to-understand solutions. We have over 170 solicitors, lawyers and support staff that play a part in finding solutions to client problems, and we pride ourselves on building close working relationships with our clients.
- 15 June 2016
- North West
- Local Alliances:
- Manchester Dementia Action Alliance , Salford Dementia Action Alliance , Bury Dementia Action Alliance, Trafford Dementia Action Alliance, Oldham Dementia Action Alliance
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?
JMW’s role is to emphasise to those recently diagnosed with dementia, those living with dementia and to their carers the importance of considering the legal implications. By advising about the benefits of good estate planning so as to be able to fund the best care, the advantages of appointing someone yourself to manage your finances through a Lasting Powers of Attorney or providing guidance in the Court of Protection to ensure the correct people are involved in best interest decisions. Ultimately, this will deliver better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers because it will mean a joined up approach between clinical, care, financial and legal advice.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The biggest challenge is the attitude towards lawyers. Lawyers - in this area particularly - are often a "disaster response", approached when legal problems have already arisen whether it is accessing funds, funding appropriate care or making best interests decisions. It is a challenge to emphasise and educate that lawyers should be approached at the earliest opportunity to ensure proper and sensible planning is in place that will benefit the individual and their carers.
Ensuring the Private Client are informed about Dementia and are Dementia Friends
As a Dementia Champion I will deliver a Dementia Information Session so the team understand a bit more about dementia and become a Dementia Friend.
- Being implemented