What is a Disabled Persons Trust
A Disabled Person’s Trust is set up to particularly benefit a “disabled person”. The definition of a disabled person is drawn from Tax legislation and defined as someone who is:-
Leaving Assets to a Disabled Family Member
If a member of your family has a learning disability, planning for the future social and financial wellbeing of all concerned is particularly important.
What is an Appointee
An Appointee is a person appointed to receive state benefits on behalf of someone else (the Claimant) who does not have enough understanding (mental capacity) to sort this out for themselves.
How to Apply for Controllership
This week is Dementia Action Week 2023 – a week aimed at highlighting the ways in which we can all take action to improve the lives of people living with dementia. For those who have loved ones who are suffering from dementia, it is important to consider how becoming mentally incapacitated with such an illness could affect their ability to manage their financial affairs.
Enduring Powers of Attorney - all your questions answered
None of us like to think of the possibility as we grow older of getting too ill, either mentally or physically, to manage our property and finances ourselves.
Discretionary Trusts Frequently Asked Questions
For many of us, the purpose of executing a Will is to make sure our loved ones are provided for once we are no longer around. However, when that loved one has a disability, this can lead to challenges.
Private Client Partner Linda Johnston announces retirement
After 38 years in legal practice, our Private Client Partner Linda Johnston has announced her retirement.
Liberty and Equality -v- Covid 19
The English Court of Protection has recently given judgement concerning the banning of family visits to a care homes following government guidance in light of the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.
Protecting the liberty of the elderly or incapacitated is at the heart of new legislation
The first provisions of the Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016 rolled out in December 2019 are key human rights safeguards. At a conference organised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and chaired by one of our partners Linda Johnston, representatives from the legal, health and voluntary sectors met to consider the practical implications of the new statutory framework.
Linda Johnston chairs this years Law Society Elder Law Conference on Deprivation of Liberty
Linda Johnston was the Chair of this year’s Elder Law Conference organised by the Law Society of NI and convened on 6th February 2020.
Law Society of NI launches Journal of Elder Law & Capacity
On 2nd May 2019, the Law Society of Northern Ireland launches its first edition of the Journal of Elder Law and Capacity.
Linda Johnston Guest Speaker at Macmillan Legacy Event
Our Elder Client Partner Linda Johnston was a guest speaker at a Macmillan NI legacy event which took place at the Belfast Castle on 26th March 2019.
Courts permission not required in agreed end-of-life decisions
The Supreme Court has now ruled that there is no requirement for families or doctors of patients in a permanent vegetative state to seek permission from the Courts prior to withdrawing medical treatment.
Friday 15th June 2018 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day'
The United Nations designated 15th June 2018 as ‘World Elder Abuse Awareness Day’. This is an occasion to recognise and highlight the issue of elder abuse in the world and for each country to vocalise its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted upon some members of our older generations.
Linda Johnston is Key Note Speaker at the Law Society NIs Elder Law Conference
Linda Johnston was a key note speaker at the Elder Law Conference organised by the Law Society of NI in association with Age NI and Step NI.
Linda Johnston assists in development of Law Society NIs Elder Client Working Group
Our Elder Client Partner, Linda Johnston, has recently played a key role in the establishment of an Elder Client Working Group of Solicitors within the Law Society of NI.
Linda Johnston Accredited by Solicitors for the Elderly
Our Elder Client Partner Linda Johnston is accredited with the Older Client Care in Practice (OCCP) Award via the Solicitors for the Elderly.
A Good Day at Stormont - The Mental Capacity Bill
For most of my life, Stormont has symbolised political strife and dysfunction. However, on 15th March 2016, from the visitor’s gallery, I witnessed the Assembly at its best, passing ground- breaking legislation with constructive cross-party support. What a refreshing change!