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November 2017

Daily Mail
SFE Director Claire Davis comments on ISA allowances that you can inherit tax free once a spouse has died.

This is Money
SFE Director Claire Davis comments on ISA allowances that you can inherit tax free once a spouse has died.
To read click here

September 2017

The Times
SFE Director David Sinclair comments on the piece around the importance of Powers of Attorney. The piece is a response to the FCA’s proposals to remove the ‘wet signature’ in LPAs and make them fully digital. In it, David also reflects on Denzil Lush’s comments and the ways in which we can introduce more transparency as well as more safeguards to prevent financial abuse.

The Telegraph
SFE member Tracy Ashby comments on councils failing stop people giving away cash to dodge care home fees.
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Inside Out BBC East
SFE Director Karon Walton  discusses what more can be done to deter people from taking advantage of the older and vulnerable and leading the call for change.
To listen click here

The Times The Brief
SFE Director Karon Walton comments on the OPG’s power of attorney refunds
To read click here

August 2017

BBC Radio Solent
SFE member Gillian Linford commented on dangers of DIY LPA's.
To listen click here

BBC Radio stations

SFE Director Karon Walton took part in 12 BBC radio interviews and comments on Denzil Lush’s criticism of LPAs.

Cornwall - to listen click here
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Daily Mail
SFE Director Claire Davis comments on the technicalities of inheritance ISAs.
To read online article click here

This is Money
SFE Director Claire Davis comments on the technicalities of inheritance ISAs.
To read click here

July 2017

Daily Mail
SFE director Karon Walton comments on OPG overcharging for lasting powers of attorneys and highlight the difficulties the OPG will face refunding older customers.
To read the article click here

Solicitors Journal
SFE’s directors Claire Davis & Karon Walton comments around the reforms to the Wills Act.

To read the article click here
To read the online version click here and click here

Solicitors Journal
Coverage of the LSB’s report into vulnerable consumers’ experiences of legal services, SFE Director David Sinclair, highlights the importance of the SFE accreditation when dealing with vulnerable older clients.

The Law Society Gazette
SFE Director Claire Davis comments on SFE’s concerns on the Law Commission’s proposals around a possible rise in challenges to will.

To read the article click here

The Times
SFE Director Karon Walton comments on the warning over the return of the dreaded death taxes.

Somerset County Gazette
SFE Director David Sinclair announced as new Chair of SFE.

The Telegraph
SFE Director Karon Walton comments on the article that explores the financial, legal, and care implications for a group of over-60s planning to buy a property together.
To read click here

June 2017

The Times
SFE Director Chris Keenan comments on the changes to the inheritance tax system.
To read the article click here

May 2017

BBC Radio Shropshire
SFE honorary member Liz Holdsworth appeared on BBC Radio Shropshire talking about SFE and also the idea of PALZ UK.
To listen click here

I News
SFE Director Claire Davis comments on plans for Theresa May’s care sabbatical
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Mail Online & This is Money
SFE Director Karon Walton comments on "Ask an Expert" regarding "Mum's will says her partner can stay in her bungalow for life, are her sons now officially landlords until they inherit?"

To read the This is Money article click here
To read the Mail Online article click here

April 2017

The Times
SFE member Dawn Joughin comments on climb down of the Probate Fees.
To read the article click here

The Times
SFE CEO Lakshmi Turner comments on the axing of the Probate Fees hike by Teresa May

Daily Mail
SFE CEO Lakshmi Turner comments on the axing of the Probate Fees hike by PM Teresa May.

Somerset County Gazette
SFE Director David Sinclair discusses "Death Tax" warning.

Dignity Magazine
Following the initial announcement about the probate fee hike last month, Dignity magazine ran a comment piece where SFE director Claire Davis gave an explanation of what probate is, the new fee system and the possible issues this could cause.

Money Box Live
SFE member Mary Butler discussed the issues around the care fee trap. It investigates companies offering ‘care fee protection schemes’ – trusts that protect your home and savings from care fees. It’s a very fine line and could be classed as ‘deprivation of assets’, and often argued as a way of taking advantage of the elderly.
To listen click here

Sunday Express

Fight for fair probate fees, positions SFE as a thought leader in older client law, and a prominent voice in the debate around probate fee hikes.
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The Times
SFE makes front page of the Times "Death Tax ruled unlawful"
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March 2017

The Yorkshire Post
SFE CEO Lakshmi Turner, SFE RC& member Tom Morrish and SFE member Susan Wright spoke at the Yorkshire Post event "Your will writing must be handled by a professional"

The Yorkshire Post
The article is the final editorial off the event on Friday 31st March and looks at how poorly made wills hurt families.
To read click here

The Yorkshire Post
The article is a final reminder for readers to book their places for Friday, and it includes a lengthy quote from Susan Wright, SFE member.
To read click here

Daily Mail
SFE Director Claire Davis comments on the rise in probate fees.
The article covers the changes to probate fees and focuses on the backlog of applications at HMRC as people try to beat the increase.
To read click here


Moneybox Live
SFE director, Karon Walton, appeared on Money Box Live to discuss the probate fees hike.
To listen click here

Daily Mail SFE makes the front page of the Daily Mail.
SFE Director David Sinclair comments and warns many people would just not have the cash available to pay the crippling fees. 
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Daily Mail
SFE Director Claire Davis comments on article regarding death tax by stealth to rake in £1.5 billion.
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The Sun
SFE Director Claire Davis comments on article regarding death tax by stealth to rake in £1.5 billion.
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This is Money
SFE Director Claire Davis quotes on the probate fee hike.
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February 2017

Blackmore Vale Magazine in Dorset
SFE members Valerie King and Sally Runnacles are both lawyers at Farnfields Solicitors are now on the Alzheimer's Research UK list of solicitors with experience of clients affected by dementia.

The Yorkshire Post
SFE CEO Lakshmi Turner comments on the alert over 60% with no will prepared.
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SFE Regional Co-ordinator Tom Morrish comments on poorly drawn up wills can result in loved ones losing out on inheritance
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The first editorial around SFE’s event with The Yorkshire Post The article includes a quote from Lakshmi Turner SFE CEO and the SFE logo.
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The second piece of editorial around SFE’s event with The Yorkshire Post, the article focuses on the risk of loved ones missing out inheritance as a result of poorly drawn up wills, as well as the security provided by lawyers when it comes to storing wills. The SFE logo is included again and Tom Morrish, regional co-ordinator for Yorkshire, is quoted.
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Solicitors Journal
SFE Director Richard McDermott discusses "Powers of Attorney the digital miracle"
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January 2017
The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland
Solicitors for the Elderly launches Scottish arm and Elspeth Paget comments.
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Scottish Legal News
New SFE Scottish group launches in Scotland, SFE member Elspeth Paget comments.
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December 2016

BBC Radio 4
SFE Director Karon Walton discusses on BBC Radio 4 LPAs on the show following the court verdict on the Paul Brigg's case.
To listen click here

The Times
SFE Director Karon Walton talks about LPAs in general and what they should include, as well as highlighting SFE’s warning against the dangers of using online tools to set one up.

West Bridgford Wire

SFE member Suzanne McAuley of Cleggs Solicitors discusses the caution that should be taken against the government’s online Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) tool after a recent report by SFE.
To read click here

Daily Express

SFE Director Karon Walton comments on importance of LPA's in the article on emergency cash boost to ease elderly care CRISIS and the cash injection that the social care system is set to receive tomorrow after it was reported that elderly parents are signing legal documents in an attempt to protect their children from losing out on inheritance due to costly care fees.
To read click here

November 2016

BBC Radio Gloucestershire
SFE member Phillipa Bruce-Kerr of Harrison Clark Rickerbys talks in detail about the risks involved with DIY applications.
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BBC Radio Kent
SFE member Gail Hall of Warners Solicitors discusses a range of topics linked to powers of attorney, including court of protection applications and advance decisions.
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BBC Radio 4 You and Yours
SFE Director Karon Walton was a guest where she discussed and explored SFE's study and some of the risks involved with DIY LPA kits.
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Silks FM
SFE Director Justine Clowes discusses the worrying warning about the Government’s online LPA tool. 
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Free Radio Coventry
SFE member Michelle Gavin of Band Hatton Button Solicitors discusses the issues and warning about the Government’s online tool for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)
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Express
SFE member Fiona Heald of Moore & Blatch Solicitors talks about protecting your finances from the threat of dementia.
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BBC Radio 4’s Money Box Live
SFE Director Holly Chantler talks about using specialist solicitors and the dangers of DIY LPAs.
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BBC Radio Shropshire

SFE Member Margaret Rowe of FBC Manby Bowdler was a guest on BBC Radio Shropshire and mentioned SFE and the campaign.
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City AM
SFE CEO Lakshmi Turner  comments on Online lasting power of attorney numbers are on the up, here are five things you need to know.
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Berwins Solicitors
SFE member Julie Jewers comments about urgent warning on Government’s ‘risky’ online Legal Tool.
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Bath Magazine
SFE member Heledd Wyn  warns about Government’s online tool for Lasting Powers of Attorney.
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The Times Legal Brief
SFE CEO Lakshmi Turner comments on online power of attorney fraud risk.
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October 2016

This is Money
SFE director Stephanie Rose comments on "If my granddaughter is included in my mother's will, does that mean her new husband gets half of what she inherits?"
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September 2016

Solicitors Journal
SFE director Chris Keenan comments on the changing face of our courts.
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August 2016

Disability Review Magazine
SFE director Justine Clowes gives her top tips for anyone considering a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Burnham-on-Seas News
SFE director David Sinclair completes ‘Tough Mudder’ extreme race in raising money for a brilliant cause Age UK Somerset – we’ve heard the race isn’t easy! 
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This is Money
SFE director Claire Davis comments on I want to sell my 95-year-old mum's house to help pay her care home fees - can I do this?
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June 2016

The Times
Coverage of Sir James Munby's keynote address at the SFE National Conference.

Daily Mail
Coverage of Sir James Munby's keynote address at the SFE National Conference.
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Daily Telegraph
SFE Director Holly Chantler commented on can we take out an equity release mortgage to avoid paying care bills
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May 2016

BBC Radio London
SFE director David Sinclair commented on various situations around what happens when a will is not in place
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This is Money
SFE Director & Chair Justine Clowes commented on the importance of safeguarding your future by issuing a lasting power of attorney.
The article includes a case study provided by SFE member Gail Hall and commentary from SFE solicitor Patrick Purves, Bridge McFarland Solicitors.

Daily Mail
Coverage on looking after your legacy.

April 2016

Solicitors Journal
Coverage on the new appointments of new SFE Directors, Holy Chantler and Chris Keenan

Surrey Mirror
Press coverage on the appointment of Holly Chantler, new SFE Director

Lawyer Monthly
Coverage from the new appointment press release of the new SFE directors Chris Keenan and Holly Chantler on the Lawyer Monthly website

March 2016

E Privateclient
Press coverage on the appointment of Holly Chantler, new SFE Director.
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The Times
SFE Director Karon Walton commented around proposed reforms to the Court of Protection’s rule around costs on the article on elderly saved from family cash battles.
click here to view the article online.

Daily Telegraph

SFE member Stewart Stretton-Hill of Thomas Eggar and colleague Julian Chadwick shared their expert insight for the article about how the banks obstruct power of attorney.
SFE Director David Sinclair provided the case study for the article in the Daily Telegraph on  Tuesday 8th March 2016.
click here  to view article online.

Daily Mail
SFE Director Claire Davis was interviewed by The Daily Mail .
click here to view article on Daily Mail online.


November 2015

Channel 5 News
SFE Director Karon Walton appeared on Channel 5 news on Friday 27th November 2015, a dementia patient defrauded by her best friend.
To view click here

BBC Radio 4
Feature piece on the You and Yours programme on Wednesday 11th November. To listen back, please click here or to hear the full programme
click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06p3xk5

BBC Radio 5 Live
SFE Director Karon Walton appeared on Radio 5 Live on Sunday 1st November 2015, “Private hospitals and powers of attorney.” The two subjects are not linked and the LPA section starts about two thirds of the way through the programme.
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BBC Radio Leicester
Interview with SFE member Samantha Downs of Dodds Solicitors LLP on Monday 9th November. To listen back click here

Silk FM (Cheshire)
Interview with SFE chair Justine Clowes of SAS Daniels LLP on Wednesday 11th November. To listen back click here

Bridlington Free Press
http://www.bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk/news/local/business-losing-control-of-key-decisions-1-7577763

Scottish Financial News
http://www.scottishfinancialnews.com/6712/blog-power-of-attorney-a-power-of-good/

50 Connect
http://www.50connect.co.uk/articles/so-you-have-a-will-in-place-but-could-an-lpa-be-mo

The Northern Echo
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/13953230.display/

Solihull Observer
http://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/later-life-decisions-report-reveals-shocking-statistics-7943/

The Business Exchange 
http://www.tbeswindonandwilts.co.uk/86-in-south-west-leave-life-changing-decisions-in-the-hands-of-strangers/

Business Biscuit
http://www.businessbiscuit.com/news/3069-later-life

East Midlands Business News
http://eastmidlandsbusinessnews.co.uk/86-leave-life-changing-decisions-in-hands-of-strangers/

Lexology
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=5d445b08-a383-492c-bd96-38b1f81c4462

The Herald
Coverage in Scotland’s national paper on 9th November.

SFE National Press Release
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Shropshire Live
A great piece of PR for SFE and the OCCP Award from PCB Solicitors in Shropshire, where Pauline Davies, Susan Grazier and Nicola Pugh, have all passed the OCCP Award - congratulations!
http://www.shropshirelive.com/2015/11/02/shropshire-lawyers-gain-national-award/

October 2015
The Cornishman
A great piece of PR for SFE and the OCCP Award and congratulations to member Louise Southwell and her firm Coodes for getting such a good piece into the press and of course for gaining the OCCP Award:
http://www.cornishman.co.uk/Penzance-lawyer-awarded-work-elderly-clients/story-27938483-detail/story.html

February 2015
BBC Radio Shropshire - Liz Holdsworth celebrating 15 years as a Regional
Co-ordinator
Liz Holdsworth, SFE member and Consultant and Nicola Hawes, SFE member and Chartered Legal Executive at Wace Morgan Solicitors appeared on BBC Radio Shropshire on 12th February as they celebrated 15 years of the Shropshire regional group, where, Liz has been the Regional Co-ordinator.
Click to view

October 2014
BBC Radio Shropshire - planning for the future, coping with decisions whilst living with dementia and the legal maze in terms of long term care funding

Liz Holdsworth, SFE member and Consultant at Wace Morgan Solicitors appeared on BBC Radio Shropshire on 17th October, where she discussed planning for the future in view of the risk of dementia, coping with decisions whilst living with dementia and assistance with the legal maze in terms of long term care funding.
Click to view

June 2014
Trevor Lyttleton - Contact the Elderly
Coverage for Power of Contact

Trevor Lyttleton - Contact the Elderly
State of emergency release
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May 2014
Guardian - Dementia awarenessweek to raise understanding of NHS funding

SFE Director Stephanie Rose commented on this:
Here is a link to the Guardian article:
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February 2014
Telegraph - Families let down by banks over Power of Attorney on ISAs

SFE Director Claire Davis commented on this.
Here is a link to the Telegraph article:
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February 2014
Express - Scandal of pensioners’ care costs help kept back by red tape

SFE member and trustee of Action on Elder Abuse, Lawrence Tudin spoke eloquently at the SFE & AEA conference covering safeguarding issues for Solicitors. Lawrence's insightful piece about budget driven care funding for vulnerable adults was picked up by the Express.
Here is a link to the Express article:
http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/457648/Scandal-of-pensioners-care-costs-help-kept-back-by-red-tape

Here is the full text of an article Lawrence wrote on this difficult subject:
Lawrence Tudin article

March 2012
BBCRadio 4's Money Box Live - Exit fees on leasehold retirement homes

Tish Hanifan, barrister and SFE director appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box Live on 12th February, to comment on exit fees charged on leasehold retirement homes by the freehold company. She appeared with Melissa Briggs, Co-Founder of Carlex, the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation. Listeners heard of the tale of Sheila Williams, whose mother died in 2010. She has paid more than £2,000 a year for her mother's empty and unsaleable flat and another £1,400 if she lets it out. These fees are in addition to the obligation to pay ground rent and service charge. The Office of Fair Trading launched an enquiry into charges levied on retirement home nearly two and half years ago, but has still come to no conclusions but they hope to provide an update sometime this spring.

Tish advised callers that leaseholders do need to pay the fees if they have agreed, as they would otherwise be in breach of the lease. She said people should make sure they get specialist legal advice and ask whether the conveyancer has experience of these types of lease. There is also the need for advice to cover lifestyle changes; what if the person needs to move into a care home or they die?
To hear the recording click http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bw6rv

December 2011
BBC Radio 4 Money Box Live

SFE member, Michael Stennett, of Stennett and Stennett solicitors, answered callers’ questions on the funding of long-term care on 21st December on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box programme. He did brilliantly and SFE are
grateful to him for giving up his afternoon to promote our organisation.
Callers asked questions about the level of funding, disregards of the home, paying for everyday essentials when local authority support care, deliberate deprivation of assets, continuing NHS health care funding.
You can hear the recording for the next month, following which a written transcript of the show will be available. A link to our web site is on the BBC web site.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/moneybox/9663385.stm

December 2011
You've been scammed - will writers

SFE member, Helen Clarke wearing her Law Society hat, appeared on the daytime BBC One show, ‘You’ve been scammed’ talking about unregulated will writers. The show featured Terry and Pauline who wanted to get their affairs in order and decided to make a will. But they were then exploited by merciless conmen who persuaded them to hand over their cash and then did a runner.

If you want to listen to the show
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017ptyk/Youve_Been_Scammed_Will_Writing_Scam/

November 2011
Cardiomyopathy Association Magazine Highlight SFE’s Work

SFE Member, Meinir Evans, has written an article for the cardiomyopathy association magazine, about SFE and how the law works for disabled people. The Cardiomyopathy Association is a charity that provides information and support to families affected by the heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy. Meinir had a heart transplant a couple of years ago, as she had the condition, and takes an active interest in the work of the charity.
The magazine goes out to all members and hospitals, and this edition includes details of SFE’s website.

November 2011
BBC Inside Out - Misrepresentation by Will Writers of Asset Protection Trusts

SFE Chief Executive, Caroline Bielanska appeared on the BBC’s Inside Out East Programme on Monday 24th October, which centred on misrepresentations made by a will writer about asset protection trusts.
David Whiteley investigated whether it is possible to avoid fees for care homes. He interviewed elderly people who they did not understand what they were signing up to, but agreed to pay more than £3000 for one scheme because they were told it could save them thousands of pounds in care fees. Caroline answered questions as to whether they were suitable for all people, whether they work and local authorities approach to such trusts.
To watch the show on i-player click: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016d7h8

October 2011
Crime and Investigation - Cases of Forged Wills

Member, Mary Butler of Clarions Solicitors did some commentary on the programme, ‘Crime and Investigation’ (Sky and Virgin Network channel), which covered a number of cases involving murder and/or forgery of the purpose of inheriting an estate.  If you want to listen to the cases, you can access them on the link below:
http://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/videos.html?ps=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=ci%20brand%20terms&utm_term=crime%20investigation

October 2011
BBC Your Money/BBC News Channel/BBC Website
Comments about Powers of Attorney and Banks
Member, Rebecca Haywood of Mayo Wynne Baxter solicitors has been interviewed for the BBC’s "Your Money" programme on Power of Attorneys. It has been shown on the BBC News Channel plus, the BBC website.   They are concerned about how poorly the banks understand powers of attorney and she was asked to comment about a client for whose mother she registered an EPA.
The client has had dreadful trouble getting the banks to appreciate that the mother, who has dementia cannot manage her own affairs and they need to deal with him instead.  

October 2011
Members comments in The Observer about Powers of Attorney

The Observer has called for the finance industry to clean up its dealings with people trying to exercise power of attorney on behalf of vulnerable relatives.
Their website has seen lots of comments including from member Joanna Addison who acts as attorney or deputy for a number of clients. She says: "I know exactly what I am doing but still find it extremely frustrating trying to deal with the banks who simply don't have a clue and couldn't care less. Lord only knows how much worse it must be for some of my clients who are not used to dealing with the problem."
Member, Sofia Tayton, an associate with Lodders Solicitors, agrees: "The problems I experience with banks and building societies are terrible. The banks do not seem to show any consistency, with each one requiring different ID and sight of different documents, and not having anyone in a branch that you can speak to about these issues."It is so frustrating to deal with these things over the telephone, when you can never speak to the same person twice and end up having to explain who you are and why you're calling over and over again. I'm a professional who knows the jargon. I can only imagine how horrible an experience it is for people who are trying to take care of a relative who is ill or dying."

October 2011
Moneysavings Expert.com

We have worked with the above and Age UK to answer questions on Powers of Attorney. On the matter of legal costs for making a LPA we said,
‘Legal fees vary around England and Wales, with large city firms costing more than regional firms. Research undertaken in 2008 highlighted that the majority of SFE members charge a fixed fee and those that don't will provide an estimate. Some charge a reduced fee, if the maker is also making their will at the same time. 
The creation of an LPA is an important decision; making the wrong choice of attorney or not considering the implications of how they are to act, can cost dearly, which is why many people take the benefit of legal advice that always covers what is in the maker’s best interest.
Advice is particularly important if you have assets over £325,000 (including the value of a home), business or farm assets, hold assets in joint names with another person, do not have close family, or are mentally or physically compromised’.

August 2011

David Sinclair, partner in Acorn Solicitors and SFE Director of External Communication, spoke on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire in July, following negative media coverage on will writers and explained why you should use a professionally regulated lawyer to write a will, and SFE’s members particular skills.Member, Susan Midha, Partner with Adams & Remers LLP was on BBC Radio Kent answering callers questions on will writing, following the publication of the Ombudsman’s report and managed to mention the specialist skills of SFE members.

August 2011
The One Show to highlight unregulated will writers

BBC One’s ‘The One Show’ is to cover rogue will writers. At the time of writing the newsletter, we believe it will be shown the week commencing 1st August. SFE members have been actively contributing to the show. Susan Lowe’s clients, of Lowe and Co have come forward to tell their experience of problems and Christopher Partington of Slater Heelis  told the programme that he would advise the public to seek out their local lawyer who is a member of SFE or STEP who are lawyers with demonstrated expertise in this area of the law.

August 2011
The One Show highlights problems with Continuing NHS Health Care

Member, Liz Dalgetty of Downs Law answered a problem for the One Show. A viewer's late father who had a stroke that left him with limited use of one hand and limited ability to open his eyes, no speech, no movement, incontinent with a peg feed.
Liz said, “The issue raised by the viewer is in relation to whether their late relative qualified for NHS Continuing Care. This matter is being looked at by the Primary Care Trust retrospectively. If a patient has a primary health need then their care is paid for by the NHS. The issue of care funding is very complex and extremely difficult for families to deal with at an emotional time. My advice would be to attend the meeting and state clearly to the appeal panel where the assessed needs are not agreed. This is sadly very common and families must be encouraged to challenge the decision makers. If the appeal is unsuccessful then the family should be given full details of the further appeal process and to pursue this to the Ombudsman if necessary.
There is help available from specialist solicitors. Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) have a website with useful info and the names and contact details of members nationwide who will be able to help. The Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK also have useful fact sheets on paying for care and in particular NHS Continuing Care.”

July 2011
Press release on perils of DIY probate
Sofia Tayton of Lodders solicitors has drafted a press release for members to use in their locality, warning of the dangers of probate DIYers. Thank you Sofia for your help. Members who are keen to become involved in writing press releases for SFE can contact David Sinclair, Director in charge of external communications on David.Sinclair@acornsolicitors.co.uk

June 2011
BBC Radio 4 Money Box on funding long term care

SFE CEO, Caroline Bielanska was joined by Philip Spiers from the charity, One Stop and Jean French, advice Manager
from Carers UK to answers callers questions during a live radio broadcast on the 18th May. Questions covered assessments; restrictions on eligibility criteria, asset protection trusts and NHS funded care. The BBC web site contains a link to the SFE web site. If you wish to hear the recording or read a transcript of the show click on the link.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/moneybox/9484059.stm

June 2011
David Cooper: a case study of Financial Abuse

Member, Sheree Green of Anthony Collins LLP has written an excellent and considered article in the Journal of Adult Protection analysing the case of David Cooper, a man with learning difficulties who was befriended and then financial abused by a couple over a number of years. When David died from malnutrition, he had under £150 to his name. The couple who were imprisoned for conspiracy to steal, are also the executors and beneficiaries of his estate, have responsibility to arrange his funeral. His body remains unclaimed. The article is on the SFE website in the media section, which is available to the public to read. Well-done Sheree from all at SFE!

June 2011
Radio Merseyside

Member, Naomi Pinder of Jackson and Canter appeared on Radio Merseyside in May and gave a very good plug for SFE. Thank you Naomi for your efforts.

June 2011

SFE Ireland launches
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0624/1224299526187.html
http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0623/elderly.html