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Elderly Client Handbook

6th Edition
General Editor: Caroline Bielanska
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People in the UK are living longer than ever before, and older people make up an increasing proportion of the population. It is estimated that by 2030 one in five of us will be aged 65 or over.

The Elderly Client Handbook provides a range of information and guidance to help lawyers find solutions to the various legal and practical issues that arise when acting for older clients, their appointed attorney and deputies. Reflecting the need of lawyers in this area to maintain an impressive generalist legal knowledge and keen problem-solving skills, this book 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:

  • the new SRA Standard and Regulations
  • updated Law Society Practice Notes
  • GDPR implications for clients, deputies and attorneys
  • Office of the Public Guardian Practice Notes including new guidance on gifts
  • NHS changes affecting provision of healthcare to older people
  • review of mental health legislation
  • liberty protection safeguards in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019
  • all significant new case law.

The Elderly Client Handbook is published in association with Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and will continue to be the essential source of practical advice and guidance for new and experienced practitioners.


The clear advantage of a practitioner-author team is that the reader is confident the Handbook contains information you want or need to know, practical tips and clear links to further sources.

Sophie O’Connell is a Partner at Wolferstans LLP and a member of the Private Client Section committe


Part A: The legal framework;   1. Capacity and best interests decision-making;   2. Acting for the older client;   3. The older client practice;   4. Managing the financial affairs of older people;   5. Legal proceedings;   6. The older client, society and the law;   Part B: Welfare and Medical Treatment;   7. Community care policies;   8. Care and support services;   9. Commissioning care;   10. Provision of healthcare;   11. Health and welfare decisions;   12. Mental health legislation;   Part C: Finance and benefits;   13. Social security benefits;   14. Local authority support;   15. Other financial support;   16. Financial matters;   Part D: Inheritance and death;   17. Gifts;   18. Testamentary dispositions and trusts;   19. Death. 

About the Author

Caroline Bielanska is a solicitor, consultant, trainer and author, and a member of STEP. She is the former chief executive of Solicitors for the Elderly. The Elderly Client Handbook is published in association with Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

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October 2019


The Law Society




576 Pages