A Dorchester based solicitor has become the only lawyer in the area to receive a prestigious elderly care qualification.
Cordelia English, a Wills and Estate Planning lawyer for Blanchards Bailey, is now recognised as a Full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), having passed the second stage of exams – the Older Client Law in Practice Award.
The SFE is a national association of independent lawyers which specialises in older client law, ensures its members take account of any mental and physical difficulties of senior citizens and vulnerable clients, as well as being aware of health and social problems. Lawyers are also required to be affordable, speak in plain English and offer high quality independent advice.
Cordelia’s qualification means she is now the only lawyer in Dorchester and Weymouth to be a full member of the SFE, which reflects her vast experience in dealing with a wide range of issues affecting older clients.
Blanchards Bailey’s Principal, Jerome Dodge, said: “We are very proud of Cordelia’s achievement in being recognised by the Solicitors for the Elderly, as not just any lawyer can be a member.
“Members must have spent a substantial amount of time working for older and vulnerable clients and have to fulfil special criteria for membership. They must also follow a code of practice. This wealth of experience puts clients at ease when speaking to Cordelia about legal issues.”
Cordelia said: “I am honoured to become a member of the SFE. The organisation is highly regarded and ensures the best possible standards are carried out when dealing with the elderly and vulnerable, which is something we always put into practice at Blanchards Bailey.”
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