Personal law solicitor Kelly Edmundson of LCF Law in Ilkley has become a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly, the national association of independent lawyers who specialise in advising older, vulnerable and elderly clients on all types of legal issues.
Kelly joined LCF Law three years ago and now specialises in wills, estate planning, Powers of Attorney and probate issues. To become a member of SFE, Kelly had to pass two separate exams explaining how she would advise people in a wide range of scenarios, as well as demonstrating that she already has substantial experience working with older and more vulnerable clients.
Kelly and LCF Law partner Ann Christian are the only solicitors in Ilkley who are fully accredited by the SFE, and two of only a handful in the whole of West Yorkshire.
Kelly said: “Although we work with people of all ages, giving considered advice on all types of personal law issues, we have a growing number of older clients who often approach us because they have very specific requirements. As a firm, this is an area that we have a strong reputation in and it’s an aspect of the job that I particularly enjoy.
“The SFE accreditation takes this to the next level, ensuring we put people at their ease when dealing with complex, life changing issues as well as considering any potential mental and physical difficulties that might affect older and more vulnerable clients. It also focusses on providing completely independent advice, which is in the client’s best interests and is easy to understand, as well as respecting dignity and providing a holistic approach to problem solving.”
LCF Law Partner Ann Christian added: “All these attributes are things that we take very seriously at LCF Law and we put them at the heart of everything we do. After becoming an SFE accredited lawyer myself seven years ago, I’ve seen first-hand how it can help us achieve the best possible outcomes for older clients and I’m delighted that Kelly has now successfully completed this respected accreditation as well.”