As the average age of life expectancy continues to increase it is ever more important for clients to consider financial planning for their future. This is often coupled with a desire to ensure that assets are able to be passed down to the next generation. Here at Wake Smith Solicitors we are sensitive to the often conflicting considerations which affect many of our elderly clients. We have years of experience in advising clients to find the best estate and care fee planning structures for each individual. We appreciate that no one individual’s needs are the same. We therefore tailor bespoke advice to the individual.
Care home fees have according to recent media reports increased by 5.6% last year to an average of £30,000 per annum. That is generally ten times the rise in pensions as income in the same period.
In our experience there are two schools of thought among clients undertaking care home fee planning. Some decide to use their money to secure the best quality of life while others feel strongly about family inheritance and are prepared to take their chances in the state system. It is important that clients consider three things:
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