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Carers Rights Day 2016

The Charity, Carers UK, estimate that 6.5 million people in the UK are carers.  With an increasingly ageing population and the number of those living with illnesses such as Dementia, this figure is set to rise.

Private Client solicitor, Morag Christie, recently represented the firm at a Carers of West Lothian “Carers Rights Day” event in their Livingston advice centre.  The aim of the event was to bring together organisations who provide invaluable advice and support for carers.  Carers were invited to drop in for a coffee and informal chat and Morag was available to discuss their legal issues and queries.

The firm has a long established relationship with West Lothian Carers and provides monthly legal advice and Power of Attorney clinics, primarily for those living with Dementia and their Carers.

An essential legal tool for carers to advocate and promote the rights of those they care for, is a Power of Attorney.  If a cared for individual grants a Financial and Welfare Power of Attorney in favour of their carer, that carer can then make and carry out financial decisions and advocate and make health and welfare decisions on behalf of the cared for individual.

In the event that an individual is unable to grant a Power of Attorney, a Welfare and/or Financial Guardianship order application can be made to the local Sheriff Court.  Once granted, this would provide the carer with the ability to make decisions on behalf of the cared for individual.

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