Free Events to aid Families affected by Dementia

MB&G Solicitors and Alzheimer’s Society collaborate to advise families on protecting loved ones’ legal affairs

Mason Baggott & Garton Solicitors (MB&G) has teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society to bring families affected by dementia a series of free events in the local area.

Taking place at Memory Cafes in Scunthorpe, Barton and Epworth, the talks will address how best to manage the legal affairs of loved ones living with dementia – a degenerative brain disease. Experienced legal specialists will explain the importance of putting legal arrangements in place to protect loved ones’ interests with a legal tool called Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) which allows someone else – often a family member or carer – to be given the legal authority to make decisions on their behalf. Attendees will hear about the advantages of having LPAs in place before people living with dementia are no longer able to make decisions for themselves – known as lacking ‘mental capacity’.

Claire Hebron, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Advice and Support worker, said: ‘It’s crucial for families and carers supporting someone living with dementia to put in place measures to help support their loved one manage their money and put legal matters in place at an early stage. This ensures they all have peace of mind that their financial and legal affairs will be dealt with, in a way that they would like.”

“We would like to thank Mason Baggott & Garton Solicitors for uniting with us to share this important information with individuals living with dementia and their families.”

MB&G Solicitors Wills and Probate Fellow Chartered Legal Executive, Stacey Heeley, explains: “We see people with dementia relying increasingly on families to make important financial or wellbeing decisions for them. Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) give another adult the legal authority to make certain decisions for someone if they become unable to make them themselves.”

“However, if LPAs have not been put in place in advance, families may have to go through complicated court procedures to be granted authority to manage the sufferer’s affairs. By running these talks, we hope to guide people through this complex area.”

Talks will be followed by a question and answer session to give attendees the opportunity to ask members of our legal team questions on the subject.

Details of the events are as follows:

Friday 3rd May10am – 12 noonCommunity Wellbeing Hub, Alvingham Road,
Stacey Heeley/Laura King
Tues 21st May10:30am – 12:30Barton Community Wellbeing Hub, Tofts Road,
Barton upon Humber
Stacey Heeley and
Harveen Dhinsa
Thurs 23rd May10am – 12 noonEpworth Community Wellbeing Hub,
High Street, Epworth
Stacey Heeley and
Glenys Plaskitt

Alzheimer’s Society recently launched its Side by Side Service in North Lincolnshire which gives people living with dementia the opportunity to stay connected to the things they love and remain involved and active within their local communities with the support of a volunteer. To volunteer for this service or for information on how to access it, please contact Julie Codd on 07516 131857. For more information or general advice, contact the local Alzheimer’s Society office on 01472 359 247.

Further Information

For further information please contact MB&G’s experienced Wills, Probate and Estates team on 01724 868611.