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Bloomsburry Family law

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Attendance Allowance and Residential Care

In his article on benefits for disability published in the ECA earlier this year Alan Robinson referred to the regulations dealing with entitlement to attendance allowance for people living in residential care homes or nursing homes as impenetrable, and declined to state a firm view a to who is entitled and who is not, The purpose of this paper is to analyse those regulations in more detail, and to give the writer''s opinion as to the practical implications. Readers are referred to Alan Robinsons article for a statement as to the basic rules of entitlement to attendance allowance1.

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.