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Elderly Client Handbook


Family and social welfare

In stock

17 March 2016

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
616 pages

Elderly Client Handbook
5th edition

Editor: General Editor: Caroline Bielanska. Published in association with SFE


Life expectancy in the UK has been growing steadily. It is predicted that, by 2020, almost half the adult population will be over 50.

This book provides up-to-date information and guidance to help lawyers find solutions to the various legal and practical issues that arise when acting for elderly clients.

Reflecting the need of lawyers in this area to maintain an impressive generalist legal knowledge and keen problem-solving skills, the Elderly Client Handbook brings together an array of leading experts to present a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the relevant law and practice.

This new edition has practical advice on the following recent developments:

  • Care Act 2014
  • Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014
  • Welfare Reform Act 2012
  • Case law on mental capacity
  • Revised forms and procedures for LPAs.

The Elderly Client Handbook will continue to be an essential source of practical advice and guidance for new and experienced practitioners.


"[An] essential guide for practitioners."

The Practical Lawyer (review of previous edition)

"Aimed at solicitors who are developing their practice with older people, it is nevertheless a book that any social work practitioners would find invaluable. It is clear, concise and informative." (review of previous edition)

I can highly recommend the Elderly Client Handbook as essential reading for all who seek one-stop access to the key areas, including, not only legal advisers, but social workers, carers and all who provide services to the elderly - Journal of Mental Health Law (review of previous edition)


Foreword by Gordon A Ashton.
1. Capacity and best interests decision-making;
2. Acting for the elderlyclient;
3. The elderly client practice;
4. Managing the financial affairs of the elderly;
5. Legal proceedings;
6. The elderly client, society and the law;
7. Community care policies;
8. Services in the community;
9. Commissioning care;
10. Provision of health care;
11. Health and welfare decisions;
12. Mental healthlegislation;
13. Social security benefits;
14. Local authority support;
15. Other financial support;
16. Financial matters;
17. Housing;
18. Gifts;
19. Testamentary dispositions and trusts;
20. Death.

About the Editor

Caroline Bielanska is a solicitor, TEP, consultant, trainer and author. She is the former Chief Executive of Solicitors for the Elderly. The Elderly Client Handbook is published in association with the SFE. The SFE is an independent, nationalorganisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and chartered legal executives who provide specialistlegal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.