Smith Partnership Solicitors are a leading commercial and private client solicitors firm providing legal advice and services to businesses and individuals. Through our offices in Derby, Swadlincote, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Burton on Trent ,Leicester and Stoke on Trent we cover the wider regions of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. Our Private Client team specialises in Wills, Tax, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection, Capacity issues, Continuing Care claims and the administration of estates. Two of our team are fully accredited members of Solicitors for the Elderly and two are also Dementia Friends Champions. All of the Private Client team are Dementia Friends.
- 14 May 2019
- East Midlands
- Local Alliances:
- City of Leicester Dementia Action Alliance, Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance , South Derbyshire Dementia Friendly Community, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 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?
Our specialist team of lawyers are trained to identify the relevant issues for our Clients and we pride ourselves on delivering expert, pragmatic advice. This bespoke approach allows all of our Clients to make informed decisions which not only reflect their current wishes but also ensures that their future aims are met.
We have a wealth of wide-ranging expertise within our firm and, as such, if our Private Team need assiatnce we can refer issues to the appropriate specialist either within our practice.
We work closely with other professionals to provide an "all round" service catering to our clients' needs.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
1. To raise awareness within our practice of the issues that may arise as a result of dementia;
2. To ensure that our lawyers take extra time to identify the specialist needs of both the client living with dementia and their families;
3. To liaise with medical practitioners to ensure a better understanding of our client’s condition;
4. To involve family members and others (where appropriate) to ensure that a full picture of our client’s needs is identified;
5. To ensure that any advice given is clear and transparent;
6. To ensure wherever possible that the advice given is understood by the person living with dementia and, where appropriate, their family.
Raising awareness of Dementia within our firm
It is intended that all staff members will be given Dementia Friends Information sessions, these sessions will be given by our our own Dementia Friends Champions. In addition, lawyers in the Wills & Probate team will undertake training relating to delirium.
- Being implemented
Provide legal advice for carers and people living with dementia in the community
We will continue to provide pro-bono legal assistance for local groups/associations/clubs by way of drop-in sessions, presentations and advice clinics etc We appreciate the difficulties of being a carer and offer pragmatic advice and empathy in a supportive manner.
Raising awareness of Dementia in the community
We provide Dementia Friends Information sessions to both members of the public and local businesses to help create Dementia Friendly Communities and raise awareness.
- Being implemented