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Care and Court of Protection

Care costs report highlights county councils’ responsibilities

Tracy Ashby - Colour

The rights of relatives responsible for arranging care for the elderly have received a boost in a report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LG&SCO). Tracy Ashby, senior associate solicitor, said the report found that Norfolk County Council’s handling of a son’s arrangements for his mother’s care had been seriously flawed. “The report,…

Care funding expert joins Thursfields as Solihull team doubles in size

Tracy Ashby and Michelle Hetheridge

A care funding legal expert has been recruited by Thursfields to work with its Solihull team which has moved to larger offices and doubled in size. Worcestershire- born solicitor Tracy Ashby, aged 39, joins Thursfields from mfg Solicitors in Kidderminster, having specialised for nearly 12 years in wills and probate, delivering advice on care funding…

The Care Act – a new legal framework

Thursfields Staff Member 103

The Care Act 2014 introduced significant and long-awaited reform. It represents the largest overhaul in the law governing care since the National Assistance Act 1948. The Act consolidates and aims to bring together 60 years of fragmentary legislation into one single statute. It also introduced a national eligibility threshold and undertook to establish a capped…

The 2016 Budget – Capital Taxes

wills and estates lawyer Steve Pitts

The 2016 Budget was an unusual one for those affected by or interested in Capital Taxation raised by Inheritance Tax (IHT) and Capital Gains Tax (SFP). IHT hardly had a mention in the Budget. The big news, after all, was in the 2015 Budget when the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) was announced to supplement…

Planning Ahead – Choice and Control at End of Life

Kathy Jones B & W

Too often we take choice and control for granted yet when illness strikes, we may not have the ability to freely express our wishes. It is a general principle of both law and medical practice that people have the right to consent to or refuse treatment even if they lose capacity in the future, and…

Care – a big decision

One of the most difficult decisions a family can make is placing a loved one in a care home, the second most difficult decision is deciding the best place for them. Clients are often concerned whether they are making the best choice for their loved ones and with recent bad press surrounding care homes, it…

The Data Protection Act (the Act)

The Data Protection Act (the Act) was introduced to provide protection to an individual’s information and it sets out eight principles which organisations must follow when handling personal data. This is regulated by the Information Commissioner, who can issue fines of up to £500,000 for serious breaches. Last month the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO)…

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