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Elderly & Vulnerable Client Services

Elderly & Vulnerable Client Services

About

Hewitsons provide a range of advice to assist older and vulnerable clients, their families and carers, including:

  • Wills
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Court of Protection and Deputyship Applications
  • Advice on Lifetime Gifting
  • Financial Abuse Claims
  • Challenging NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding decisions
  • Disputes in relation to funding long term care
  • Will and Estate Disputes
  • Mental Capacity to make decisions

If you have been diagnosed with dementia, or another condition which affects your mental capacity, this does not necessarily mean that you do not have capacity to make certain legal decisions. Our specialists can advise you on your specific circumstances.

We have solicitors who are specifically qualified to deal with elderly and vulnerable clients and are full accredited members of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).  SFE is a national association of independent lawyers who specialise in older client law.  Accredited members have each undertaken the Older Client Care in Practice Award to demonstrate their experience and specialist knowledge in this area.  https://sfe.legal/

We also have solicitors who are members of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

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Please click on the link below to contact a member of our team.

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Newsletter

The Private Wealth team sends out a monthly newsletter that contains important legal updates and advice on Wills, Estate Disputes and other practical private wealth issues. If you would like to be included in this mailing list then please complete this form here. Alternatively you can view all past newsletters in our legal update section.

Key Contacts

Tiffany Benson - Legal Director

Tiffany Benson

Legal Director

01604 463340

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Antonia Cooper - Associate

Antonia Cooper

Associate

+44 (0)1604 463314

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Rachel Hawkins - Senior Solicitor

Rachel Hawkins

Senior Solicitor

+44 (0)1604 463165

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Kelly Wardell - Associate

Kelly Wardell

Associate

+44 (0)1223 532722

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Latest testimonials

"Very professional, with a caring attitude and I felt at ease in the surroundings"
Mrs M

"Antonia Cooper was helpful in every way and on the ball"
Dr H

Latest testimonials

My husband and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for the caring and professional way in which you dealt with this matter on our behalf. It is much appreciated."
Mr & Mrs B

"The service we received was personal, personalised and extremely (pleasantly) professional. All advice appeared relevant and was gratefully received"
Mr & Mrs G

Latest testimonials

“Antonia Cooper was excellent in every aspect. Personable, friendly and very efficient, acting promptly and appropriately. Thank you Antonia and supporting staff, you made it easier for us at a difficult time”
Mr C as executor of Mrs C

“Just to say service was 1st Class. It was a pleasure to have had dealings with Antonia Cooper and the staff”
Mrs R

“I always have complete confidence when dealing with Hewitsons. Antonia Cooper is extremely helpful and professional as are her colleagues. I have little knowledge of legal fees but trust the fees are value for money"
Mrs A


"Antonia Cooper and Catherine Ball’s knowledge is valued and they are professional throughout."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500


Latest testimonials

"Friendly, informative and professional"
Mrs M

'Bernadette O'Reilly knows her subject and explains things so they are easy to understand.'
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500


“Bernadette O’Reilly is particularly empathetic with clients dealing with emotional circumstances.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"I have always felt that Carolyn Bagley has my best interests at heart and I thank her for that, also for her kind professionalism."
Mrs N


"Carolyn is now a trusted advisor who I recommend to family and friends."
Mr P


“All staff were very friendly and helpful. We are elderly private clients who were relaxed by a professional who understood out complex needs and wishes and produced excellent Wills in a manner which made the business almost a pleasure.”
Mr & Mrs C - Will

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"As a widow whose late husband dealt with all financial and legal matters. I have found the advice and continuing support of Hewitsons very reassuring."
Mrs W as Trustee of Mr W

"Antonia Cooper and Catherine Ball’s knowledge is valued and they are professional throughout."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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"Thank you for all your help on my and my family's affairs. I greatly appreciate the interest you take and the time and trouble you put into looking after us. This is invaluable."
Mrs L

"We were delighted to learn you had been inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame and send you our warmest congratulations on the recognition which you so well deserve."
Mr F

"It's clear when you deal with Clare that you're benefiting from a huge breadth and depth of experience. When you couple that with a pretty impressive eye for detail, it's very reassuring. She's very straightforward to work with, partly because she knows exactly what she's talking about, so one's not needing to examine what she's saying because one's confident that it's right."
Client Testimonial - Chambers & Partners 

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"I would certainly recommend Hewitsons to anyone as the service we received was so quickly dealt with and would like to thank all the staff at Hewitsons especially Catherine Ball who was so helpful and friendly throughout"
Mrs P


"I couldn't recommend Catherine Ball too lightly. As well as demonstrating obvious expertise, she has been approachable and caring in a time-pressured situation"
Mrs A M


"As a widow whose late husband dealt with all financial and legal matters. I have found the advice and continuing support of Hewitsons very reassuring."
Mrs W as Trustee of Mr W

Latest testimonials

"He acts proactively and is very bright. When speed is of the essence, he gets to the nub of the matter and does his absolute best to resolve it very quickly".
Client testimonial c/o Chambers & Partners

"Daniel Curtis is ‘extremely experienced and knowledgeable and is adept at asking pertinent questions, anticipating issues and suggesting solutions".
Legal 500 Legal Directory  2019

Latest testimonials

"Excellent service throughout the whole process. Everything was done with compassion and efficiency during the difficult process of my Mothers Estate."
Exec of Mrs B

"I expected courtesy and efficiency, but I did appreciate the kindness and helpfulness"
Mr B

"My sister and I would like to thank both Hauke Harrack and Stephanie Dennis very much, for the help in dealing with our late mother's estate, with such consideration at a difficult and very sad time for us. Thank you to Hauke Harrack for the efficient and professional way in which he administered the estate. Everything was explained in meaningful terms and nothing too much trouble in keeping us constantly informed of any developments and progress .etc by text or email, and thanks to Stephanie Dennis who handled the land sale who was always helpful and patient with precise answers to any query presented."
Executors of Mrs R

"A big thank you to Mr Harrack for the friendly and professional way he has sorted out my problems"
Mr T

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"I expected courtesy and efficiency, but I did appreciate the kindness and helpfulness."
Dr B

"I needed my hand held on this matter and Hauke Harrack was exceptional and very patient. His friendly yet professional manner was appreciated as was the speed at which he communicated with me.”
General Advice / Miss H
 
"Dealing with legal firms could prove daunting to the inexperienced such as myself however the welcome, explanations and approachability were so good at putting me at my ease. The professionalism and expertise are second-to-none and I can just be very thankful that my affairs were handled by Hewitsons."

Exec of Mrs A

Latest testimonials

"Courteous and efficient throughout. Clear explanation of legal requirements"
 
Mr C

Latest testimonials

"We particularly like Jane Stebbings' friendly but very thorough and detailed approach"
Mr K

Latest testimonials

"From the front desk to senior partners Hewitsons has a thoroughly approachable and professional team."
Client Testimonial - Legal 500 

"Thank you for all your efforts over the last ten months. We’ve appreciated the fact that you’ve always kept us informed and the documentation has always been clear and concise"
Mr A & Mrs J

Latest testimonials

"The service we received was excellent and everything was explained clearly"
Miss C


"I would just like to thank you for your efficient, professional and personable management of the estate. It has been a pleasure to have been working with you."
Mr & Mrs G / Administration of Estate / Emma Satterly 

Latest testimonials

My wife and I are also having our wills updated and POA sorted out via Kelly Wardell and she has been extremely thorough discussing all aspects of this and covering all options and considerations. This has made the whole process very straightforward.
Client Testimonial - Legal 500

"Just to say thank you for the way a delicate subject was dealt with in a very sensitive way by Kelly and other staff"
 Mrs R

"We were very happy with the service Kelly provided us when sorting out our will - Friendly and Helpful"
Mr & Mrs W

Latest testimonials

"Congratulations and thanks for a job done so well that no words can express our deep gratitude. Right from the outset since our initial contact until the very end, we found you all to be the most professional, highly experienced and most co-operative team anyone can dream of. Hats off to you all."
Mr D

"We have nothing but praise for the skill and care you have shown and the excellent advice you have given us."
Mrs A



Latest testimonials

"The Solicitors dealing with our case have all provided an excellent standard of work and high level of expertise in bringing a long and complex case to a conclusion. Many thanks to you all."
Miss K

"Tiffany Benson was entirely professional and efficient in her handling of a difficult situation I found myself in trying to deal with another firm of Solicitors. Her approach was direct and supportive and she always kept me up to date with each step. I would have no hesitation in recommending Tiffany."
Miss S

"We found Hewitsons helpful and informative in our initial discussions, with costs and benefits of various approaches made clear. Once engaged, they were proactive and kept us well informed of progress. Although our particular claim was reasonably complex, it was pursued rigorously, and with a very satisfactory outcome".
Ms N


My enduring impression of Hewitsons is that it is a professional and client-dedicated organisation with a great deal of expertise. No stone was left unturned in pursuing my case. Soliciting legal advice has been a more complication and, at time, personally stressful process that I had initially expected. However, with the support of Tiffany Benson and her colleagues at Hewitsons I have felt supported all the way through this. thank you.
Client testimonial / CT&P May 2020

Latest testimonials

"Katherine Hague has been consistently thorough, organised, helpful and knowledgeable. At a difficult time for our family, she has been sensitive and professional in all of our interactions. She has great communication skills, along with a relaxed manner, and we could not give her a higher recommendation."
Client Testimonial

"Due to many circumstances I was more than anxious for the probate to go through as quickly as possible - to which Katherine Hague was brilliant."
Exec of Mr A

Latest testimonials

“Hewitsons is an impressive practice – client-focused, efficient and effective. The firm punches well above its weight.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"Clare Colacicchi is most efficient, thorough, very approachable and trustworthy."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Clare Colacicchi is always willing to help and advise. She makes one feel at ease and makes sure any issues are clearly explained."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"The team at Hewitsons is extremely knowledgeable, professional and timely in providing advice. Hewitsons are unique in that they look at a situation from a practical perspective as well as a legal one and will listen to the comments from other professionals. Professionals working together are key and Hewitsons are very good at doing this."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Strong attention to detail. Always quick to respond to queries and easy to make appointments. Excellent reputation locally over many years."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500


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Probably the most highly qualified team in the area. They are both highly knowledgeable and hugely experienced and that runs through the breadth of the team. From my dealings with them they offer a top class service delivered by genuinely caring people."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500


"Extremely professional, approachable, courteous and knowledgeable in the areas of wills, powers of attorney and inheritance tax planning."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"I have worked with many of the Hewitsons team on a variety of cases. Carolyn Bagley is my main contact: she is obsessive about service to the client and always puts client needs, objectives, and concerns ahead of anything else."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Carolyn Bagley displays team skills and is exceptionally good at making clients feel at ease and translating technical jargon into practical, common sense and an in understandable format."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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Professional, expert, customer focused and approachable. Carolyn Bagley’s expertise on managing private clients wealth and providing services that ensure clients affairs at the end of life are managed in a tax efficient way. Always available to answer questions and queries."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"Many thanks to the team for making the process of creating a Will so straightforward."
Miss G

"While the matter under consideration was routine and uncomplicated we felt treated as an important client, and everyone involved instilled great confidence. Communication was exemplary, and nothing was taken for granted."
Mr & Mrs H