Care Sector

Crucial health and welfare decisions left to chance by 98% of West Midlanders

Tracy Ashby - Colour

The vast majority of people across the West Midlands have no legal or medical plans in place for their future care if they become incapacitated. Thursfields Solicitors has highlighted figures from a new, hard-hitting report by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) which revealed 13 million people across the UK are at risk of mental incapacity…

Families should seek advice before paying huge bills for relatives’ care

Tracy Ashby - Colour

Tracy Ashby, senior associate solicitor, has issued crucial advice for families facing huge top-up bills towards the costs of their loved ones who are so ill that they need residential care. The guidance comes after it was revealed that a pensioner’s personal savings were running out because she was having to pay £550 a week…

Thursfields highlights end of ‘double recovery’ care costs dispute

Tracy Ashby - Colour

Local councils should no longer take personal injury settlements into account when deciding whether to pay for the care of severely disabled people after the High Court threw out a local authority’s appeal that a woman’s damages should be included in its assessment of her finances. Tracy Ashby, Senior Associate, based at Thursfields Solicitors Solihull office, explained “the…

Care fees concerns

Tracy Ashby - Black & White 5

The BBC has recently revealed that care homes may be charging families for extended periods after a resident has died as well as large upfront fees. The concern has been raised as a review by the Competition and Markets Authority who fear that there could be breaches in consumer law. These are just some of…

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…

Senior Associate and Care Sector lead Claire Parry joins the team

wills and estates director Michelle

Thursfields has appointed a new Senior Associate, Claire Parry who specialises in the Funding of Care for the Elderly and Disabled, further expanding our Care Sector offering. Claire has joined the firm’s rapidly expanding private client team having previously owned and ran her own business advising on all aspects of Care. She brings with her…

The Care Act – a new legal framework

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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…

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…

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