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Bloomsburry Family law

Private client

Solicitors for the Elderly

Readers of the Elderly Client Adviser will have been aware over the last twelve months of the development of the Croup known as Solicitors for the Elderly. Throughout the period from its foundation the Group has met and has discussed critical issues affecting the older client. The concern of the Group has been the issue of the quality of legal services being offered to older people and the Groups principal aim has been to overcome this.

Ability to Leave?

In the first of a series of articles Camilla Parker, Solicitor and freelance consultant, examines the area of capacity, admission to hospital and treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Tax Efficient Settlements and the 1975 Act

In the follow up her article on Deeds of Variation Sarah Lacey discusses the tax implications of post death variations under the Inheritance (Provision for the Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Sarah is a Chancery barrister practising at 3 Stone Buildings, Lincolns Inn.

Income Related Benefits

In this article Alan Robinson focuses on the income related benefits of crucial importance to the elderly client: income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit.

Access to Justice for Older People

Judge Gordon Ashton examines how the law should better cater for the needs of elderly and disabled people. The author is a District Judge and a member of the Law Society''s Mental Health and Disability subcommittee. He has written several books on the subject of older and mentally disabled people at law

Case Reports

Julia Abrey, a partner with Withers, begins a regular series, keeping you up to date with the latest case law of concern of those who advise older clients.

Varying Provision on Death: Some Less Familiar Methods

By far the most common method of varying a will or the provision on intestacy is the execution of an instrument of variation; particularly when tax efficiency is a consideration. However, in some circumstances a simpler and equally efficient method may be available. This article looks at two such methods: disclaimers by beneficiaries, and elections by a spouse to capitalise a life interest to which she would otherwise be entitled under intestacy.