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Self-funding your family members care – where to start?

15 February 2021 | Heledd Wyn

Making the decision to investigate long-term care as an option for a loved one can place a huge strain on families.

Having to confront the heart-breaking fact that your family member or friend may no longer be able to take care of themselves, or that you can no longer care for them without extra support, is emotionally challenging and stressful.

On top of that, it can be difficult to know exactly where to start, especially when you are new to the responsibility of organising care.

That is why we advise seeking the help of a specialist care planning solicitor; someone who can help you navigate the systems, processes, and options available. Expert advice will help to ease the stress and strain on your decision-making process.


How can a solicitor help me?

Our team of long-term and elderly care solicitors often meet people who have real concerns about how to best care for their ageing family member or friend and, quite naturally, most have an abundance of questions and concerns about what steps to take.

In the first instance, one of our solicitors would discuss:

  • Your current situation, questions, and concerns.
  • Create an understanding of your issues and what you want to achieve.
  • Our solicitor would provide you with advice and explain all your options.
  • Investigate the costs and implications of the decisions you will need to make.
  • Discuss the next steps.

Our aim is to a provide you with the most detailed information and advice so that you are able to make well informed decisions that will enable your loved one to have the best quality of care and life.


When should I begin organising care?


It is very important to plan ahead when it comes to future care. It is never too early to begin and get things organised.

To ensure that you are covering all the eventualities, there are many affairs that need to be in place. Do not be tempted to put the organising of care on the back burner as you may find that in the event of the person needing care loses capacity that you are not as able to do as much organising as you had previously thought.

If your loved one is no longer able to make decisions, then GL Law can help and support you in the organisation of their estate and care needs.

The team at GL Law have years of experience and regularly provide advice and support to those dealing with care arrangements. During this particularly stressful and worrying time, we will help you navigate the often complex care system and help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.


Why choose GL Law?

Whether you are looking at prospective care options, seeking advice regarding how to pay for care, or looking to challenge a care decision, here at GL Law we understand that you need clear advice as quickly as possible.

Our team of expert care solicitors offer specialist advice in relation to a wide range of care issues. We are able to provide key insights and tailored solutions through our detailed knowledge of the care systems and years of industry experience. Our connections to other care industry professionals such as GPs, care providers, financial advisors, and social workers allows us to offer a well-rounded service that achieves the best possible outcomes for our clients.

We offer an initial discovery consultation with one of our expert care solicitors at a fixed cost. Allowing you the opportunity to discuss your current situation, any concerns and identify your options. In this meeting, we will provide you with advice, support and set out the next steps available to you.

Following the initial meeting you are free to choose the level of additional legal assistance you require, based on your individual needs. We will examine whether any further work will need to be undertaken for you and whether this is available on an hourly rate or fixed fee basis. Regardless, we will be clear on the fees involved so that you can make an informed decision. A letter will be sent to you containing all the information and advice from your discovery consultation.


Specialist care planning solicitors

If you would like to make an appointment with one of our specialist care planning solicitors or find out more about the initial discovery consultation, please contact the team by calling 0117 906 9400 or email

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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