Care needs creating difficulties for families

Elderly people who suddenly find they need 24-hour care can create all sorts of difficulties for families, especially if they have been left a stake in an estate through someone's will.

Writing to the BBC, one individual explained how their father had left half his estate to his wife when making a will, which was shared between her and the four surviving children.

The mother, however, now suffers from Alzheimer's and will likely need to go in a home, leaving the family wondering how they are legally entitled to pay for her care.

Philip Spiers from FirstStop Advice indicated that the local authority shall have to carry out a test for care, during which period they will take the value of the property into account.

He also advised that the beneficial owners of the house will be considered alongside the legal owner when making decisions about funding the care.

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Published on: July 14, 2011

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