The population is aging, and as it gets older and older, issues such as dementia are gaining relevance in society, and the help and support of solicitors North Wales which specialise in matters which pertain to the elderly population is getting more and more vital. Simply put, the assistance of solicitors in protection of the weak, the infirm and the vulnerable is absolutely crucial, especially in legal matters.
In one recent High Court case, this was very much the focus – when an elderly farmer which suffered from dementia gave land holdings to both of his sons as part of his will when he died. The gifts, as the will stated, were meant to represent the natural love and affection he bore for both of his sons – and they included the home that he had occupied with his wife.
As per the will, she had absolutely no legal right to remain in the home she had lived within for a number of years, and she had no right to ask for financial support from his sons. Essentially, the widow was left with absolutely nothing when the farmer passed away.
The widow consulted the aid of a solicitor and launched proceedings against the sons, on the grounds that the farmer had lacked the mental capacity to validly create a fair and a just will. Evidence was found that the farmer had drafted the will when he was suffering from advanced stages of his dementia, and had been suffering from confusion and forgetfulness, where he often did not recognise his wife at all.
The assistance of a STEP-Qualified solicitor which understood the extent of the farmer’s illness and the situation the wife endured meant that the High Court, while rejecting arguments that the sons had brought undue influence upon the farmer in the drafting of the will, meant that the court ruled in favour of the widow, who got to keep the home that she had shared with her husband.
STEP qualified solicitors re few and far between, but there are solicitors which have this accreditation in Llandudno.
Swayne Johnson solicitors in Llandudno pride themselves on membership of this body, and have a number of talented solicitors in North Wales which are trained in all aspect of elderly client related matters, such as court of protection, trusts, and lasting power of attorney.
Furthermore, this well-established practise of solicitors in North Wales have the legal clout required to make sure that representation is fair and correct – as well as the commitment to their clients to ensure that all matters are understood by all involved.