The Telegraph quotes Tamasin Perkins on dementia cases and incapacity sparking jump in family legal battles
Legal battles over incapacity are becoming an increasingly lucrative source of work for City lawyers as dementia cases rise.
Solicitors have reported witnessing a jump in work from children warring over inheritance and who will care for parents struggling with a decline in cognitive abilities.
It comes as the number of people with dementia in England and Wales is projected to double to 1.7 million by 2040 as the population ages.
Tamasin Perkins, Partner in our Private Wealth Disputes team, explained to The Telegraph that the increasing number of disputes over incapacity is among the most pronounced trends she has seen in recent years. She says:
"Something that is becoming more common – but might not be noticeable because court proceedings are almost always held in private – is that there is a lot of litigation about people who have lost capacity and are no longer able to make decisions on their own behalf."
"Behind the scenes that leads to a lot of litigation about how they should be represented and how to make sure they are okay. When you have those big families where there is a patriarch or matriarch at the centre who has built up a business, it is a big deal."
Read the full article on The Telegraph, here.