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Elder Law Journal


A major source of information for practitioners and professional advisers dealing with legal issues affecting older clients, their families and carers.

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Published in association with Solicitors for the Elderly, the Elder Law Journal, available as a print or online subscription, is a major publication that ensures practitioners and professionals are kept fully up to date with the latest analysis, debate and timely information on developments in this area.

Dealing with legal issues affecting older clients, their families and carers, each issue contains news of recent legislative and policy changes, authoritative case reports, invaluable articles and practice notes – all written and compiled by leading experts and specialist practitioners.

We are offering the journal in ePDF format for free when you purchase a print subscription, making the content easier to access. Find out more.

Each issue contains:
  • Comment
    Personal views on topical issues from leading experts
  • Newsline
    The latest developments in law, policy and practice
  • Case Reports
    Reports of the latest important cases, together with analysis from some of the country's foremost experts in a range of disciplines, plus a listing of Court of Protection cases
  • Articles
    In-depth articles written by leading practitioners, academics and other experts
  • In Practice
    Brief, practical articles addressing problems experienced in practice, and clarifying new developments in law and procedure
  • SFE News
    Latest organisational news and dates for the diary

A full range of topics relevant to elder client issues is covered including:
  • Asset protection
  • Capacity
  • Care homes
  • Court of Protection
  • Elder Abuse
  • Equity Release
  • Funeral Planning
  • Gifts
  • Investments
  • Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Living wills
  • Ordinary powers of attorney
  • Probate
  • Residential accommodation
  • Social care
  • Statutory wills
  • Welfare benefits
  • Wills and trusts
2016 Subscription Information
£241.00 inc print plus a FREE ePDF of each issue
(Postage costs - mainland UK p&p free, non mainland UK p&p + £12.00)
ISSN 2044-9593
4 issues per year
Annual subscription period runs January - December

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[2015] Issue 4

Case Reports

  • Probably the best case load in English justice
    Denzil Lush
  • Property problems for property and affairs attorneys and deputies
    Barbara Rich 
  • Judicial compassion – commentary on ‘Compassion and the law: a judicial perspective’
    Dermot Feenan, Daniel Bedford and Jonathan Herring
  • Compassion and litigation: decisions at the end of life in the Court of Protection
     Victoria Butler-Cole
  • Don’t put all your bags of gold in one basket: long-term investment strategies for deputies and attorneys
    Ian Potter and Lewis Howes
  • Deprivation of liberty update
    Alex Ruck Keene, Ben Tankel and Annabel Lee
  • Safeguarding adults at risk: an asymmetrical approach to reform across the four nations
    John Williams
In Practice
  • New forms, new questions!
    Sally Jones
  • Testamentary freedom – where next?
    Simon Edwards
  • Pension trusts, retiring employees and ethical finance
    Zia Akhtar
  • Mediation in the Court of Protection 2015 research questionnaire
    Charlotte May
  • Public Guardian Practice Note – Gifts: Deputies and EPA/LPA Attorneys
SFE News


Consultant Editor

 Barbara Rich Barrister, 5 Stone Buildings

Assistant Editor

 Ruth Hughes Barrister, 5 Stone Buildings

Case Report Editor

 Karen Ashton Partner, Public Law Solicitors

Editorial Board

Julia Abrey Partner, Withers LLP
Caroline Bielanska Solicitor, Lecturer and Independent Consultant
Professor Luke Clements Cardiff Law School
Penny Letts OBE
District Judge Marc Marin Nominated District Judge of the Court of Protection
Martin Terrell Partner, Thomson Snell and Passmore

In Practice

 The Silver Line: helpline for older people
                  Journalist and Broadcaster, Founder of The Silver Line

                  ‘When I put the telephone down, I feel like I belong to the human race.’
John was describing the transformational effect on his life of calling the brand new helpline for older people, The Silver Line. And Pat, another caller, explained ‘It’s so good to talk to someone who actually seems to be interested in what I think.’ Let us just think about their comments. How disgraceful it is, what a reflection on our society, that there are old people in Britain today who feel that they have so little relevance or importance that they are no longer part of the human race. Or that what they think, after a lifetime of experience, is of no interest and no value to anyone. And yet in other cultures, other countries, older people are revered, treated with respect, and consulted for their opinions. We must change our attitudes to older people. But, to be practical, we must find a way of lifting their self-esteem, and giving them back their feelings of confidence and self-worth. One way is to give them their own phone line, The Silver Line.

 The Silver Line, launched nationally in November 2013 in time for Christmas, offers information, friendship and advice to the silver generation. It is free, confidential, and open 24 hours every day. Our slogan is ‘No question is too big, no problem too small, no need to be alone’. Why create a new service, you may ask, when there are so many excellent charities and statutory organisations already working to support older people? It is true, there are already specialist helplines open during office hours which offer excellent information. There are also befriending helplines, quite small, and usually local, which offer calls to someone if the caller wants a friendly chat. But none is open 24/7, and none offers both information and friendship.

The USP of The Silver Line is to also offer those who ring requesting a fact or piece of advice the opportunity of speaking to a Silver Line Friend. Why? Because we know how difficult it is for many older people to admit their feelings of loneliness.

When I wrote about my own feelings, living alone for the first time at the age of 71 and hating it, many readers wrote to say how brave I was to be so honest. One of our callers admitted that she did not feel able to speak to her Silver Line friend in front of her son. She did not want him to be distressed by her loneliness. You may well have clients who are concealing from you the same sadness. ‘I don’t want to be a burden’ older people are constantly telling us. ‘I know there are people far worse off than I am.’
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