Care Home Fees

Since the ConLib Coalition came to power in May 2010, care home fees and the sale of the family home in order to pay for them have been high on the political agenda.

Numerous policies have been put forward, such as a cap of £35,000 or £70,000 per person in respect of care home fees, together with the promise that the family home in all circumstances should never be sold until after the person in care has passed away.

The Coalition are now backtracking and saying that if the elderly person has more than £23,000 in savings and owns a home then it is at the Local Authority's discretion as to whether the property can be sold prior to death.

As solicitors who specialise in elderly client issues, we know that care home fees are a major worry for all people who own their own properties over the age of 70. If you are worried about care home fees early action is always a good idea as with careful forward planning it is possible to reduce care home fees or cap them in order to give families peace of mind. Over the last 10 years at Emsleys we have saved local families hundreds of thousands of pounds in care home fees by strategic forward planning.

For simple and clear advice on what your options are, please contact one of the Emsleys Wills & Probate team by calling 0113 201 4900 or by emailing us at

Helen Gott

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Helen Gott

Director & Head of Wills & Probate

Helen has over 8 years’ experience in the private client field. She is an expert in wills, probate, administration of trusts and estates, court of protection, mental incapacity and Powers of Attorney. Helen carries out Deputyship work and has developed a niche in this area, acting as Deputy for an increasing number of...

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