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Disputes involving older clients – the solicitor’s role

28 Mar 2019 / Law Society Print

Disputes involving older clients – the solicitor’s role

The role of solicitors in resolving disputes involving older clients is the subject of a Law Society professional training Finuas Skillnet event.   

Issues to be covered at the 8 May event at Blackhall Place include:

  • Rights of grandparents to access and guardianship: an update,
  • Funeral arrangements and feuding families: who has the legal right to decide?,
  • Safeguarding older clients: financial abuse,
  • Section 117 Succession Act 1965: lessons for legal practitioners from K v K.

Expert speakers

A panel of expert speakers will be available to deal with questions.

Padraic Courtney of Solicitors for the Elderly at the Law Society will be in the chair.

The speakers include Teresa Blake SC, who has been practising at the Bar of Ireland since 1995 in child protection and welfare law, asylum and immigration law and education disability.

Teresa is currently chair at the Mental Health Tribunal and her first qualification was as a social worker.


Dr Heather Conway is a senior lecturer at the School of Law at Queen’s University, Belfast. She writes and researches in the areas of property law and succession law, and has written on both from a law and emotion perspective.

Heather's primary research interest is in the law governing the fate of the recently dead and associated decision-making responsibilities, with particular emphasis on the laws around the post-mortem treatment of bodies, corpse disposal, and disputes within families over their dead (including funeral disputes, the legal status of funeral instructions, and family tensions around exhumation and commemoration), as well as the emerging legal and financial issues posed by pre-paid funeral plans.

She is the author of The Law and the Dead (Routledge, 2016).

Dr Amanda Phelan is co-director at the UCD National Centre for the Protection of Older People. Her first book on elder abuse International Perspectives on Elder Abuse was published in 2013 by Routledge.

To book online, click here.

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