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Chattertons Solicitors

Chattertons Solicitors is one of the leading law firms in Lincolnshire and across the East midlands offering an extensive range of legal services and independent financial advice.

Updated:
17 December 2015
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Other
Local Alliances:
South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance , Lincoln Dementia Action Alliance, South West Lincolnshire 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?

Chattertons Solicitors is one of the leading law firms in Lincolnshire and across the East Midlands offering an extensive range of legal services and independent financial advice. Established over 200 years ago Chattertons has teams of specialists who are approachable, committed, experienced and knowledgeable and can provide a high quality service. We pride ourselves on knowing our clients and delivering a service tailored to their needs.

By advising and assisting in the preparation  of Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship Orders and Wills, Chattertons can assist in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia to try ensure that they can retain control over their finances and circumstances, even if they have lost the capacity to carry out their wishes in person. This can mean that a person living with dementia can feel secure and reassured that provision has been made for their future needs and that they are not only supported, but protected should their condition deteriorate.

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

The risk of mental incapacity is increasing as people tend to live longer, but mental incapacity can strike at any time through illness or accident. Planning for the future is therefore crucial. People often find it uncomfortable to consider what should happen in the future should their physical and/or mental health deteriorate. If no one has been granted the legal authority to act on their behalf at such a time, this can cause problems for the administration of their finances, or attending to their care and well-being. Even if they are married, their spouse will not automatically have authority to act for them. In order to appoint people to look after their finances the individual concerned needs the requisite mental capacity. If they don’t have this, although steps can still be taken, the alternative route can be complicated and expensive.  A challenge for us is therefore promoting the message that action should be taken as soon as possible.

2. Actions

  • Continue to publicise and advise of developments in the law

    To advise our clients as to the various legal aspects and assisting where necessary.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Being Implemented

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    In progress

  • Continue to promote the necessity and importance of planning for the future

    Being well prepared can make a real impact on the quality of life for those suffering from Dementia and their families.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    In progress