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Elderly Client Handbook

5th Edition
General Editor: Caroline Bielanska
Availability: Published

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 edition has practical advice on the following 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 continues to be an essential source of practical advice and guidance for new and experienced practitioners.


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

About the Author

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, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and chartered legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.




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