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Chattertons is a leading firm of solicitors and provider of wealth management services in Lincolnshire and across the East Midlands. The firm provides a comprehensive range of services delivering first class, client focused and trusted advice to individuals and businesses from its offices in Boston, Grantham, Horncastle, Lincoln, London, Newark, Sleaford, Spalding and Stamford.

12 July 2017
East Midlands
Local Alliances:
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 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, knowledgable 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 to ensure 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 reassued 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 oftenm 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.

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