Caring for an elderly relative will also mean encountering a number of new legal complexities to understand, including Will making, probates, advance directives and power of attorney.
These are often difficult to get your head around, so we recommend looking for legal advice to avoid any problems later on.
Professional legal advice can often be very expensive, so Age Space has put together a guide to some of the best, free legal advice services that are available to people in Dorset.
It’s worth noting that many law firms will also offer free, short term consultations that allow you to decide whether or not you will benefit from their services.
Where to Get Free Legal Advice in Dorset
Citizens Advice Dorset
Citizen’s Advice are a national organisation that offer free advice and signposting to specialist help for residents of Dorset who need legal and financial support. Legal issues arising in regard to elderly care may involve care funding, care provision, housing and Will-writing.
Across Dorset there are 12 Citizen’s advice offices, many of which have additional outreach services. These 12 offices all offer bookable or drop-in appointments with varying opening times and availability.
You can get in touch with your local office or visit their website using the details provided below to find out more information and arrange an appointment.
Gillingham (North Dorset)
Harold G Walker Solicitors, Free Legal Advice Clinics
Harold G Walker Solicitors offer free legal advice clinics across Dorset so that their services can be as accessible as possible for local people.
They will be able to help answer questions on a wide range of legal issues, including Family Law, Commercial and Residential Conveyancing, Trusts, Wills, Probate, Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law and more.
These free legal clinics are run as pop-up events through the year in various locations across Dorset, including in Ferndown, Verwood and Wimborne. You can find full information about these clinics, as well as when and where the next ones will be, but getting in touch or visiting the website through the details provided below.