media centre

How many times have you wished you'd had the benefit of foresight or hindsight when making business decisions? Speak to one of our experts today.

Assets of Elderly Are Target of Wrongdoers

Where there is money, there is opportunity for wrongdoing and a steady stream of cases show that vigilance is needed to prevent the assets of the deceased or elderly being misappropriated. In one case, three cleaners of a deceased South Wales man claimed to have found a copy of a will he was purported to have made which divided his £320,000 estate between them, allegedly in appreciation for their assistance in housekeeping in his final years.

Probate was granted and the three women were beginning to help themselves to the estate before suspicions led the police to investigate. Forensic evidence found the will to be a forgery and the cleaners, who all had previous convictions, were jailed for conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

In another case, an elderly man who gave a Lifetime Power of Attorney (LPA) to his carer ended up with his care home charges unpaid after she sold his house and helped herself to assets worth £240,000. She was also jailed for fraud.

These cases illustrate the wisdom of always involving a solicitor in the preparation of LPAs or wills and taking steps to ensure that finances are not controlled by a single person. We can assist by overseeing the operation of LPAs if required or by acting as executors or co-executors of your will.

Close

How can we help?

Please fill in this form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Please enter your name
Please enter your phone number
Please enter your email address
Please let us know how you heard about us
Please enter your enquiry
One more thing... Please enter the verification code
The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.