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Legal guidance and resources

Planning for the long-term can help ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for unforeseen circumstances in later life. 

Working with the right specialists to better understand what legal documents are required to ensure your wishes are carried out is one way to simplify a complex process. To help you navigate through various decisions, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Co-op Legal Services, the largest provider of Wills and Probate in England and Wales.

Please see below for an introduction to a few important areas to consider and supporting resources.

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Get expert legal advice

Co-op Legal Services have created a digital legal hub containing free interactive tools and infographics which break down complex legal topics in a way that’s easy to understand. This includes guidance on probate and will writing, as well as family law, personal injury and employment law.

As an Elder customer, you’re entitled to a 5% discount on Co-op Legal Services’ probate and estate administration service, and a 10% discount on their estate planning and will writing services.

Lasting power of attorney

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) enables you to nominate one person or more people to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to. There are two types of LPA, one which relates to your financial decisions and another which covers your health and welfare decisions.

Choosing those who you trust the most and giving them the legal ability to make carefully considered decisions on your behalf is the first part. The second is to consult a solicitor to help you draft the documents and hold them in secure storage until the time they are needed.

Living wills

These are also known as an ‘Advance Decision’ and enable you to legally record your wishes relating to any medical treatment you do not want in the event you are later unable to communicate your wishes.

  1. What is an Advanced Decision?
  2. What does an Advanced Decision cover?
  3. How do you make a living will?
  4. When is an Advanced Decision applicable?
  5. When is an Advanced Decision valid?

Advanced Statements

An Advanced Statement is a written or verbal document expressing your loved one’s wishes when they no longer have the capacity to decide for themselves – not to be confused with living wills. The focus with Advanced Statement is much more on daily life compared to an Advanced Decision.

Care funding

Working out how you’re going to pay for your care needs may be a confusing and stressful process – especially if you’re not sure whether you can afford the type of care you’re seeking. But don’t worry, from your local authority to the NHS, there’s more help out there than you might imagine.

  1. Understanding the cost of care
  2. Claiming elderly benefits
  3. NHS Continuing Healthcare funding
  4. Local authority funding
  5. Releasing equity from your home

Wills

Wills are a legally recognised document in which you can set out what happens to your property and possessions after your death. You may also set out any arrangements you would like for your funeral, and your preferences on organ donation.

Without a Will, your assets may be distributed according to ‘the intestacy rules’ rather than your wishes. A trusted solicitor will be able to help you compile your Will so that it is both tax and administratively efficient, and with limited risk of a claim being made against your estate after your death.

Probate

Probate is the legal term for dealing with someone’s estate after they have died. It can be a confusing area of law to navigate, especially during the grieving process. If you need help, speak to a probate specialist at Co-op Legal Services on 0330 6069450.  

For more resources

For more information on legal services, visit Co-op Legal Services’ free digital legal hub, exclusive to Elder customers.

In this hub, you’ll find helpful tools such as:

As an Elder customer, you’re entitled to a 5% discount on Co-op Legal Services’ full probate and estate administration service, and a 10% discount on their estate planning services.

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