Dementia friendly solicitors Coles Miller are supporting Dementia Awareness Week (May 15-21 May 2016) through their work with local action groups.
Wills and probate solicitors at Coles Miller are members of Poole Dementia Action Group and Southbourne Dementia Friendly Community.
They help families affected by dementia by advising on powers of attorney, deputyships and the Court of Protection.
Dementia Awareness Week is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society. This year it is highlighting the issue by asking people: what do you want to say to dementia?
Campaigners are encouraging people to write their own message to dementia using these templates to show people who are worried that they are not alone.
They can then share these messages on social media using the hashtag #DAW2016.
Coles Miller Partner Stuart Bradford – head of the Probate Department – said: “Dementia is at present incurable but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do.
“From a legal point of view, people can set up powers of attorney before dementia takes hold.
“This enables them to appoint in advance trusted individuals to take decisions on their behalf after they themselves have lost the capacity to do so.
“And even when someone has lost mental capacity, it is still not too late. It is possible to apply to the Court of Protection to appoint deputies to take decisions on behalf of the person who has lost mental capacity.
“But this is more costly than a power of attorney so we would always urge families to act sooner rather than later,” he added.
Coles Miller is officially accredited as dementia friendly by the Alzheimer’s Society.
All the staff at Coles Miller offices in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Broadstone and Wimborne have undergone special training to help them better assist clients affected by dementia.
Many of the lawyers in the Wills and Probate team are also accredited as Solicitors for the Elderly, highlighting their specialist legal expertise and their experience in dealing with older clients.
The team helps families with matters including wills, care home funding, inheritance tax, trusts, administration of estates, powers of attorney, deputyships and the Court of Protection.
For more information about wills, powers of attorney and deputyships, please contact Coles Miller Partner Stuart Bradford, 01202 355695.