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When is Someone Too Ill to Make a Will?

When is Someone Too Ill to Make a Will?
Dementia, among other disorders and diseases, can highlight huge challenges for both doctors and lawyers when assessing the testamentary capacity of a person when preparing their Will. The current UK law requires a person to fully understand what they are doing and the implications of such decisions. But what processes are used to ensure that someb...
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Dementia Awareness Day at Romford Care Centre

Join our solicitor Kayleigh O’Donnell for an informal day of interactive sessions about dementia at Romford Care Centre on Wednesday 17th May 2017.
Would you like to learn more about dementia? As part of Dementia Awareness Week, Kayleigh, a member of our Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate team will be joining a host of other organisations for an open day at Romford Care Centre in Neave Crescent, Romford.

According to research, over 850,000 people in the United Kingdom have dementia; this figure is estimated to rise to 1 million in 2025. Dementia Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and support sufferers and their families.

Dementia is not a disease. Dementia is a term given to a group of symptoms from certain diseases which affect the brain. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia.

The Dementia Awareness Open Day at Romford Care Centre will incorporate a plethora of informative talks and interactive sessions, including chair exercises, Namaste Relaxation sessions and crime prevention talks.

In conjunction with our talks regarding Lasting Powers of Attorney, other guests will also be present, including the Mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder and Glenn Bassett, who leads music groups for people with dementia and learning difficulties.

Tours of the care centre will also be available throughout the day.


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Win at the Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Friendly Awards

Chair of Havering Dementia Action Alliance and Head of our Private Client team, Matthew Edwards, accepts the “Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative”.
Havering Dementia Action Alliance in Havering has scooped an award at a national awards ceremony, winning the “Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative” at the Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Friendly awards, reports the Havering Yellow Advertiser.

The initiative runs throughout the borough and aims to encourage local organizations to join up and support those people living with dementia. It is made up of more than 80 members including businesses, charities, GPs and Havering Council.

The borough is only the second in London to achieve the “working to become a dementia-friendly borough” status.

Matthew Edwards, Chair of the Havering Dementia Action Alliance, said “We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award in recognition of the tremendous amount of hard work by such committed people, both in connection with setting up the alliance in the first place and recruiting a record number of members, and the subsequent work to raise awareness of dementia in the community.”

Matthew is head of the private client department at Pinney Talfourd and his team is dedicated to working with local charities to support dementia. Matthew is Chair of the Havering Dementia Action Alliance as well as a court appointed Deputy on the Court of Protection Panel.

More information

To find out more about the services of our Private Client Department please visit:
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Elderly Client Services page
Alternatively, please call 01708 229 444 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This article appeared in the Havering Yellow Advertiser and has been contributed to by Matthew Edwards, Head of our Elderly Client Services Department and Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Department at Pinney Talfourd Solicitors. 
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