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Wills, Trusts and Probate Team - Colchester

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Our team's friendly approach ensures that clients are put at ease and made aware that they will be looked after. All members of the team are happy to discuss a client’s needs over the telephone for an initial 15 minutes at no cost. Once it is established what a client needs, fixed fees are almost always available to provide certainty to our clients.

Ben Parmenter
    • Ben Parmenter

    • Partner, Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate in Colchester
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Living with dementia through Covid-19

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There are currently around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, and about 120,000 of those live alone. Life has been difficult for all of us recently. However, living alone with dementia must be even more lonely, particularly if that person has hardly...

The care system in crisis

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I read an article in the Sunday Telegraph on 13 October 2019 about the real crisis in the care system. It informed readers that vulnerable people who have been paying for their care home but are no longer able to pay, and no longer responsible for their own...

Dementia costs to triple

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Dementia costs are set to triple by 2040 if our current care and support arrangements go unchanged. What can we do to make provision for ourselves? We need to ensure that whatever the financial situation of the country, we do our best to protect ourselves...

Recognising dementia risk factors

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I saw in the news today that a study by Alzheimer’s Research UK found that half of UK adults cannot identify any of the key risk factors for dementia. This is a worrying statistic. With more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK,...

ensure there is no room for any ambiguity in your wishes

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A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document which has the potential to permit a nominated person to assist you with finances or your health and welfare decisions. There has been a statistic circulating in the press that it is estimated there will be 1...

Thousands may be forced into care homes

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The lack of government funding is an on going and worrying problem. But older people should be able to stay in their own homes if they are able to do so. It is an on going battle but one that we must continue to fight. It will of course also become a problem...

Elderly failed by 'shameful' care system

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I was reading a story earlier, about how the number of older people not getting the help they need has risen by nearly 50% since 2010. The BBC identified 11 councils that rejected more than 75% of applications. What a dreadful state of affairs....

Councils risk legal action over care cuts

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I think it is inevitable that councils are going to face litigation and claims as the cuts deepen. But people are right to stand up and fight for what their loved ones are entitled to. We already bring claims against the NHS for people who are paying care...

Councils 'don't pay fair price for care'

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The news yesterday that Councils don’t pay a fair price for care may come as no surprise in these straightened times but it is a worrying trend for older people, their carers and loved ones. Whilst Councils are short of funds to cover the care needs...

Future care fees cost

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The news that government-funded care is being scaled back may come as no surprise in these straightened times but it is a worrying trend for older people, their carers and loved ones. In fact it affects us all. It is the case that Councils simply do...

Cost of care for the elderly

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The news today that government-funded care is being scaled back may come as no surprise in these straightened times but it is a worrying trend for older people, their carers and loved ones. In fact it affects us all. It is the case that Councils simply...

OPG warning on online LPA scams

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I am aware that the Government is encouraging people to prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney (Financial and Health and Welfare) on line. Rather worryingly however is the possible existence of misleading sites which offer to help you fill in these complex...

The new probate registry charges

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The Government is proposing a huge increase in the fee charged to obtain the Grant of Probate. This is required before many deceased person’s estates can be dealt with. Currently, there is a flat fee of £155 when the estate is over...

NHS Continuing healthcare - claim now!

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NHS continuing healthcare funding is a government promise that the NHS will pick up the nursing home bills of older people. Despite this promise, at Birkett Long we are still chasing £1.5 million owed to families, with that figure rising weekly. NHS...