Planning Future Care

Planning care in later life, for you or for a loved one, can be difficult and emotionally charged. Birkett Long will help by simplifying the journey for you.

We understand the difficulties surrounding the process of arranging care for a family member. Birkett Long has a team of legal experts and, working in tandem with our independent financial advisers, we will help you and your family develop the best long term plan to suit your needs and wishes.

Navigating your way through the care system can be difficult at the best of times, but when a loved one needs care quickly it is imperative that families know where to turn and what to do, without delay.

There are many aspects of planning for long term care. Here are some of the ways in which we can help;

  • How does the Care Act impact on your and your family?
  • The difference between funding of care at home or in a residential home
  • Arranging financial and health assessments
  • When is someone eligible for funding for care fees from the Local Authority?
  • When is someone eligible for care fees from the NHS (known as NHS continuing healthcare funding)?
  • The importance of powers of attorney and what to do if someone has lost capacity but has not made a power of attorney
  • Why make a will, and what to do if someone has lost capacity and has not made a will?
  • What is the Court of Protection?
  • What happens to your property when you receive care at home or go into care?

With the average cost of care in Essex increasing every year, unfortunately doing nothing is simply not an option. Our long term care team has expertise to help you plan ahead and provide immediate advice for you and your family as you go through this difficult journey.

Call us for a free initial chat. We are here to listen and together we will work out what your worries are and what is important to you, and will help make sure these are protected.


With one of the largest teams in Essex, the team holds members of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and members of Solicitors for the Elderly.

What our clients say

  • It has been a pleasure dealing with you and we should like to thank you for all your help and for providing us with such a clear, simple, and speedy service over this matter. We feel secure knowing that we have Birkett Long as our solicitors.
  • I have been a client of Birkett Long for around 20 years. They do what they say they are going to do and they do it well. In a world of sloppy, off-hand "service" they are a breath of fresh air.
  • Many, many thanks from myself, my father and my brother for all your expert advice. It was very much appreciated during a very difficult time, your sound advice gave us some much needed peace of mind.
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Staff re-order for planning future care

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