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Next week sees the anticipated return of Caring Week at Gorvins Solicitors. The event comes at a time when many of us are still unaware of the care options available as we enter later life. Confusion seems to be a common theme within the caring sector as many organisations struggle to stay afloat amidst continuing cut backs meaning carers are often left in the dark.  

The lack of readily available knowledge and assistance is making the already difficult task of being a carer even more difficult for those who provide unpaid support for a family member or friend. For the carer or an individual understanding how to cope and plan for later life is integral, but until we are faced with the situation, it’s not something that we readily plan for.

The Planning for Later Life event on Tuesday 1st March at Gorvins Solicitors’ offices aims to readjust the uncertainty carers face and help them as they plan for the future. The senior sponsor of the event, St Ann’s Hospice, will be in attendance alongside a variety of public and private organisations offering expert advice and information via a number of educational talks, including Craven Slater IFA, Richardson Laine Benefits Specialists, Home Instead Senior Care providers, Stockport Council and Greater Manchester Police & Fire.

For Carers of Young Adults with a Disability or Learning Difficulty, we’re hosting a unique event in partnership with Independent Options. This evening session is running from 6pm-8pm on Thursday 3rd March and will also have an engaging talk from Stockport Advocacy.

Mike Smoult, Senior Associate in the Wills, Trusts and Probate team said:

“We meet regularly with clients look for direction and advice on care, often wanting to know what they can expect from the state and what private options are available as they get older and gradually need more help and also as their child with a disability ventures into adulthood.

We urge people to find out more and plan for their future, just as we would encourage them to think about importance services in advance, such as appointing an attorney they trust to represent them in later life, setting up trusts or just making a Will,” said Mike.

He continued, ”Recent studies have indicated that the Treasury have collected over £50 million from people who have died without a Will through the intestacy rules. Planning in this area is not just about peace of mind, there’s a financial consideration too.

“We’re extremely happy to have partnered up with some of the finest care experts that Stockport has to offer to lend advice and information to find out what’s on offer and to make an informed choice for their own future and that of their loved ones – don’t leave it until it’s too late!”

Together these two events will highlight and make clear the help and support available for carers and those who are cared for, tackling existing issues and providing solutions for problems at hand. Carers save the UK economy approximately £119 billion every year, we think it’s about time that something was given back.

Tuesday 1st March – Planning for Later Life – 10am – 3:30pm.

Thursday 3rd March – Carers of Young Adults with a Disability – 6pm – 8pm.

Contact Ben Hardman on 0161 930 5101 or email ben.hardman@gorvins.com to book your place on either event.