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I deal with all aspects of private client work, including:
I have a particular interest in mental capacity law, elderly financial abuse matters and the Court of Protection.
I’m one of only 68 solicitors nationwide elected to the Office of the Public Guardian’s national panel of professional deputies. In this role, I work with people who lack the ability to make decisions about their finances.
My cases typically need bespoke arrangements or remedies to meet a client’s particular needs. This can involve tax or trust advice, or setting up and managing medical or care support for someone who’s unable to manage their own affairs.
As head of Irwin Mitchell’s Later Life Planning team, I lead on the ways our solicitors can help people in all aspects of later life. This includes silver divorces, estate planning, will disputes, and more.
My mum would say that my argumentative streak made me the perfect candidate for a career as a lawyer. However, I wanted a challenging career in an area that’s always changing and affects all areas of life.
I like meeting people and was particularly drawn to the private client aspect of law. I also like numbers, which is probably why I ended up giving tax advice and dealing with people’s finances.
I act for some of the most vulnerable members of our society as part of my Court of Protection work. I’m often appointed as a deputy, when a previous deputy or attorney has been removed for misappropriation or mismanagement of funds.
I’m also appointed in situations where someone has lacked mental capacity and been unable to manage their financial affairs for some time.
There can then be some complex issues to unravel, but ultimately we can put a structured plan in place, both in terms of finances and care. I find this particularly rewarding knowing that the best interests of the individual are being met.
I also enjoy using my skills and knowledge to advise clients as part of the wealth management aspect of my job. It’s a complex area of law that needs creative solutions to help people make the best decision for their wealth and their families’ inheritance.
Away from the office I’m generally known as ‘Mum’! I have two young, energetic boys who like to be entertained and taken to their weekend clubs. In my spare time I enjoy running; I have completed a number of marathons and half marathons throughout the UK and Europe.
Legal 500: "A Court of Protection expert noted for her ‘invaluable depth of knowledge and advice’"
Kelly is a known figure for commenting on later life issues and has extensively featured in the national press. She’s been quoted by the Financial Times, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Telegraph among many others . She’s also had notable broadcast coverage, having recently worked with ITV.
“It is alarming so many either don’t know the cost of care, don’t know how it is funded and would not seek any advice before signing a care contract.
“The long-term financial and social implications for our region are huge. Given government silence, the West Midlands is not alone when it comes to being in the dark on the issues, but topping the poll on such key issues must be addressed.
“Politicians and public alike appear unwilling or unable to plan for funding future care, against a backdrop of rising prices in the sector, coupled with cuts to council care budgets, no government plan and no regional or national debate.
“Our survey shows a fifth of East Englanders plan to save for care at some point, but this is offset by three fifths not currently saving and with no plans to. Factor in a missing government green paper on the subject due in 2017, and it’s not hard to predict a coming crisis.”
“Current strain on the system is leading to care home scandals across the country, while pressures on both NHS and council budgets is already leading to insufficient care places for those in need. The ageing population represents a demographic time bomb that is already counting down and the pressure will prove unsustainable if nothing is done.
“The East of England will be one of the regions bearing the brunt of later life care in terms of both cost and capacity. A debate on the respective roles in terms of who pays for what and how is not just necessary, it is criminally overdue.”
“The figures the South East are the most alarming in the survey, whichever way you look at them. Even if adults are knowingly underestimating care costs, it still doesn’t explain why so many are not saving for future care and don’t plan to.
“There is expected to be a £36bn shortfall for social care, so it makes sense for adults of any age in the South East to consider saving for care home fees as important as saving into a pension.
“People may wish to pass on their wealth through their estate but in failing to adequately plan for the future or knowingly turning a blind eye to the true cost of care, then people are in for an unpleasant surprise and look set to face harsh realities in the future.”
“The poll reveals a surprisingly high level of ignorance in London regarding care home fees in later life and exposed a worrying north/south divide.
“The capital is the most expensive place to obtain residential care, yet paradoxically, the place adults admit they know the least about the cost. Londoners would also go online or ask family before seeking professional advice on serious issues like care home contracts.
“Greater awareness is needed in all UK regions when it comes to care in later life but London coming bottom in so many aspects of the survey is a real cause for concern, especially considering the ageing population crisis we’re facing.”
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