……….. and the number is predicted to rise to more than 1.1million by 2030*

What is dementia?

Dementia is not a disease, but a general term used to describe many symptoms which relate to a person’s mental ability, if severe enough it can interfere with daily life and it can include any of these symptoms – 

What are the symptoms?

Memory loss – struggling to retain recently learnt information

Struggling with communication – finding the right words or speaking coherently

Impaired judgement and or reasoning – struggling to make decisions, solve problems or plan for future events

Behaviour and personality changes – mood swings, changes in behaviour and personality

Decline in visual perception – problems with spatial awareness and interpretation of visual information

For most sufferers’ dementia is a progressive condition and over time can affect the person’s ability to perform routine everyday actions and engage in social interactions and as the condition advances the person may require more and more support and care.

How does dementia affect the sufferer?

Dementia not only affects the sufferer but their family too – as husbands, wives and children increasingly become caregivers, they are relied upon more and more by the person who is struggling to maintain independence and feel in control of their own life.

How to make plans to protect yourself and your family

We all know that we should have an up-to-date Will and life insurance, so our families have a record of our wishes and have one less thing to deal with after we die, but if you are suffering with dementia, your family may need to make decisions on your behalf as your condition worsens. To ensure this is possible you could set up a Lasting Power of Attorney so your family can help and support you with your finances and big decisions. Should your condition be advanced, a Deputyship would need to be applied for to enable a nominated person to make decisions for you.

You will need advice on the significance and implications of these documents as well as assistance in setting them up and the Hall Reynolds team are very experienced in helping families set up either an LPA or Deputyship and assisting at what can be a very stressful time for you and your family.  

Talk to our team about how we can help you, call or email us to make an appointment – email@hallreynolds.co.uk or call us on 01789 772955

Who are Hall Reynolds? 

The team at Hall Reynolds are experienced and committed to providing first-class legal services. Our clients come back to us time and time again because of the pragmatic advice and the service they know they will receive which is delivered in a friendly and approachable manner. 

We offer a traditional face-to-face service, a contemporary work ethos and modern operating systems which enable the swift progression of your transaction. 

Value for money, speed and efficiency are at the heart of everything we do. Where possible, we minimise the legal jargon. We promise to keep you updated as to the progress of the transaction and we are transparent when it comes to fees. 

*Dementia UK

Hall Reynolds welcomes a new team member – Ian Beavon, who joins the Wills & Probate team. Ian brings a wealth of knowledge, 20 years’ experience as a lawyer and is already an asset to the team. 

Kate Taylor is delighted to have Ian on board, ‘Ian’s appointment expands our service offering to our clients and he has already settled right into our tightknit team.” 

After graduating from University, Ian gained experience in the insurance industry and decided to study to become a lawyer via the Institute of Legal Executives. After qualifying in 2002, he cut his teeth in the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence arena and then diversified into Private Client Law and has been practicing in this area since 2016.  

To broaden his knowledge, Ian has also qualified as a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) – a specialist group of lawyers who support and make a difference to older and vulnerable people. His experience in Personal Injury law deepened his desire to want to ‘look after’ his clients who often approach him for his advice after a personally stressful situation – Ie a sudden loss of a family member or a non-fault accident. Ian specialises in handling probate matters for clients, but can also guide clients through making or updating a Will and setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney. 

I joined Hall Reynolds in October 2023 and I could tell from the first time I stepped into the office that the firm adopts a relaxed but professional approach to all matters, and the focus is clearly on the wellbeing of both staff and clients. I specialise in probate matters and am often speaking to clients at a time in their lives when they have suffered an enormous loss. My aim is to reflect Hall Reynolds’ approach when dealing with my clients: to offer a professional, compassionate service”.  

When not working, Ian enjoys travelling, especially to Australia, which is ‘one of my favourite places on earth – closely followed by Bidford on Avon of course!’ He is also interested in the theatre, both attending and participating as part of his local ‘Am Dram’ society.  

If you would like to make an appointment to talk to Ian about your Will or managing probate, email – email@hallreynolds.co.uk or call us on 01789 772955.  

Who are we?  

The team at Hall Reynolds are experienced and committed to providing first-class legal services. Our clients come back to us time and time again because of the pragmatic advice and the service they know they will receive, which is delivered in a friendly and approachable manner.  

We offer a traditional face-to-face service, a contemporary work ethos and modern operating systems which enable the swift progression of your transaction.  

Value for money, speed and efficiency are at the heart of everything we do. Where possible, we minimise the legal jargon. We promise to keep you updated as to the progress of the transaction and we are transparent when it comes to fees. 

Generally, we think that there are two routes 

  • A person creates a Last Will and Testament, bequeathing their estate, gifts and goods to friends, family and charities.  
  • Or a person dies without making a will – intestate – and their family shares the estate as the Government states under the Rules of Intestacy. When a person has died without leaving a will and without known entitled relatives, the estate ultimately passes to the Crown.  

You might not know, but a person’s will can be changed after their death, provided any beneficiaries who would be disadvantaged by the changes agree. If there is no will the law decides who inherits but it is also possible to make changes to the inheritance in the same way as if a will was in existence. Any changes to a will or the rules of intestacy must be completed within 2 years of the death

You could change a will to –

  • Reduce the amount of Inheritance or Capital Gains Tax payable on the estate 
  • Provide for someone who was left out of the will originally 
  • Move the deceased’s assets into a trust 
  • Clear up any uncertainty over the will 
  • To make the distribution of the will more tax efficient 

To change a Will, you will need to make a variation.

You don’t need a formal document or deed – you can write a letter as long as it meets these 11 conditions

If the variation means there’s more Inheritance Tax to pay on the estate, you must send a copy to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) within 6 months of making the change(s).

You do not need to send a copy to HMRC if the variation does not change the amount of Inheritance Tax due. 

Talk to our team about how we can help you if you need to make changes to a will before or after a loved one has passed away.  Call or email us to make an appointment – email@hallreynolds.co.uk or 01789 772955

Who are we? 

The team at Hall Reynolds are experienced and committed to providing first-class legal services. Our clients come back to us time and time again because of the pragmatic advice and the service they know they will receive, which is delivered in a friendly and approachable manner. 

We offer a traditional face-to-face service, a contemporary work ethos and modern operating systems which enable the swift progression of your transaction. 

Value for money, speed and efficiency are at the heart of everything we do. Where possible, we minimise the legal jargon. We promise to keep you updated as to the progress of the transaction and we are transparent when it comes to fees.