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Advice on Care Fees

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There are frequent calls on Local Authorities to suggest their service users take independent advice before signing care fees agreements. A client of mine recently came to see me about the thick legal contract they were being asked to sign by the Local Authority relating to a family member’s care fees. It must have been over 10 pages long, in complicated legal terms. My client had read the document as meaning that, when their relative died, my client would be required to pay the full outstanding care fees in full within 30 days. The care fees were being accrued against a property, and could have easily have amounted to over £100,000. How would my client pay that back in 30 days?!? If you have been asked to complete an agreement to pay for care fees, and would like some independent legal advice, please contact a member of our Private Client team  on 01623 451111, or email rhoward@fidler.co.uk.

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