High care home fees risk leaving the elderly with little or nothing to bequeath to loved ones in their wills, warns the Law Society.
Online PR News – 02-November-2009 – – Recent Age Concern/Help the Aged estimates put average care home fees at £470 per week, prompting the Law Society to warn that many wills could need reviewing as care residents’ assets continue to deplete.
Chris Murphy, a partner at Whiteheads Solicitors, lawyers for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, said: “There is a danger that many elderly people are dipping into their life savings, selling their homes or other assets to pay care home fees. In many instances, they will have asked their solicitor to include those assets in their will to be left to family and loved ones. However, there could be nothing left once their care home fees are paid for.
“While plans are afoot to address the rising cost of care, the Law Society is very concerned that not enough people are updating their wills to not only accommodate these fees but also to take into account any knock on effects of the recession.”
The Law Society is urging anyone with a will to review them regularly to take into account a change in circumstance.
Robert Heslett, Law Society President added: “A regular review of a will with your solicitor can ensure that family, friends and any charities are still able to receive something. It is worth asking your solicitor to include a ‘plan B’ in case your home has been sold and cannot be passed on, at least that way, if you are forced to sell up to pay for care or for any other reason, the intended recipients of your estate receive something else.”
To find out more contact Whiteheads Solicitors, Newcastle-under-Lyme, on 01782 615278. www.staffordshire-solicitors.com