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Why choose a lawyer accredited by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)?

27 January 2022 | Heledd Wyn

Heledd Wyn is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), but what does it mean and why is it important when choosing a lawyer?

What is SFE?

SFE is a national organisation of independent lawyers who specialise in older and vulnerable client law. Lawyers in practices across the UK can train and qualify to be SFE members, demonstrating that elderly and vulnerable people are in safe hands. 

SFE ensures that all of its members adhere to high standards of practice and spend at least 50% of their time working with elderly or vulnerable clients. Only qualified, regulated and insured lawyers who can show the essential skills to pass the accreditation tests are eligible for SFE accreditation. Members are asked to comply with the SFE Code of Practice and a specific older client care procedure. This ensures that any clients instructing accredited members will receive the highest levels of service.

Why should you take the time to find and use an SFE Accredited lawyer?

The decisions and plans you make now will have a significant impact on your future, so making them right is essential. An SFE accredited lawyer specialises in older client law and will ensure that you receive the best possible legal advice for your future. Here are 7 reasons why you should use an SFE accredited lawyer:

  • They specialise in advising older and vulnerable clients, their families and carers, such as: preparing and executing Wills, trusts and related issues, and Lasting Power of Attorney.
  • To become independently accredited, members have undertaken specific and additional training in older client law.
  • They have built up a wealth of knowledge and experience over many years and they will be conversant with the issues affecting older and vulnerable clients.
  • In the legal industry, there is a lot of jargon used and SFE lawyers will be able to communicate in clear straightforward language to make sure you understand everything, so you will receive the best legal advice possible.
  • In a firm, a solicitor will be surrounded by colleagues with a variety of experience whom they can confer. However, an SFE lawyer is in touch with more than 1,500 fellow experts they can consult.
  • They will be used to dealing with matters in an approachable and understanding way, and frequently going “above and beyond” to provide clear advice and an experience tailored to the clients’ individual needs.
  • They understand the wider, and often sensitive, problems regarding health, care and family that might affect your plans for the future.

 

Solicitors for the Elderly provides training, legal updates, and access to advisory forums to all accredited members on a regular basis to ensure they have the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge. Visit SFE for more information and the advantages of using an SFE accredited lawyer. Ultimately, choosing an SFE lawyer ensures that you will be guided through this complex and sensitive area of law, allowing you to establish firm support that will protect you and your loved ones in later life.

Contact our Long-Term & Elderly Care Solicitors

If you are an elderly or vulnerable person seeking legal advice, it is recommended that you use a law firm that has an SFE member in the team. At GL Law Heledd Wyn is a fully accredited member, to get in touch please call 0117 906 9400 or email hello@.gl.law. Alternatively, please complete our contact form.  

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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