Wills & Private Client

Payment Of Nursing Homes Fees

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Payment Of Nursing Homes Fees

Local authorities have a statutory duty to assist those in need to access care either at the patient's home or in a care home.

If you approach your local authority in England [there is now a separate regime in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland] seeking assistance with the cost of funding your care needs the local authority will:

  1. Assess what they consider to be your care needs
  2. Assess your financial means and
  3. Approve the care home to which you are admitted or services to which you are entitled.

The Merits Test

Each local authority has their own eligibility criteria - which are inevitably impacted by the availability of funding.

Capital

  • Those with capital below £14,250.00 are entitled to have their capital entirely disregarded for assessment of their means.
  • Those with capital above £23,250.00 are disentitled to benefit.
  • Those with capital between £14,250.00 and £23,250.00 are required to make a contribution based on a sliding scale.

The definition of capital includes any interest in land, savings, investments etc. Some assets may be disregarded including your home if it is still required for occupation by specified relatives - for example parents, children, siblings, spouses, civil partners or co-habitees. Some other assets may be disregarded permanently or temporarily - we can advise further.

We are frequently asked to advise clients about the wisdom of gifting away or otherwise disposing of assets to ensure eligibility for state assistance with care costs. This is not a step to be taken without considerable care.

Gifts made with the intention of manufacturing eligibility for state support can be ignored by the authorities for the purposes of assessing eligibility and treated as "intentional deprivation". Deprivation can include gifts, vesting assets into a Trust, or purchase of an investment bond with life insurance. In order for these to be intentional deprivation it must be shown that the desire to achieve eligibility for state funded care to be the dominant or significant motive behind the disposal.


Employment Law- Fixed Fees

INITIAL FREE HALF HOUR APPOINTMENT

This includes:- Attending you for a preliminary appointment to see whether you have a case or can defend a case. Please note that this is for 30 minutes only and does not include advice in writing.


We are able to offer fixed fees to both claimants and respondents in relation to Employment Tribunal claims. Please contact us for specialist advice and further details.

Preliminary Advice

This includes:

Taking instructions (up to 1.5 hours)

Detailed advice letter

 

Fee £250

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300

Employment Tribunal Proceedings

Advising employee on an Acas Early Conciliation Notification (now an essential first step before lodging an employment claim)

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

  

Preparation of a Claim Form ET1 on behalf of an employee

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

  

Preparation of a Claimant's Schedule of Loss

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

 

 Preparation of a Claimant's List of Documents

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Advising an employee in relation to a flexible working request

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

 Preparation of contracts of employment and statutory terms and conditions

 

Fee £250 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300 - £480

  

Preparation of standard disciplinary and grievance procedures

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Drafting and preparation of Respondent’s Response ET3

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

Preparation of Witness Statements

Fee £200 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240 - £480

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