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Paul Gotch

Manchester, United Kingdom

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Summary

Practice Areas:

  • Wills
  • Administration of Trusts
  • Court of Protection
  • Inheritance and Tax Planning
  • Power of Attorney
  • Probate
JMW Solicitors LLP
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Paul qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and joined his firm in 2011 and is now a Senior Associate in the Private Client department.

He has a wide client base and advises individual clients and business owners and their respective families in all aspects of Private Client law including Wills, Inheritance Tax Planning, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications, Probate and Estate Administration 

 

 

Previous Employment

Hilliers HRW Solicitors2010 - 2010

Private Client Solicitor

DFA Law LLP 2007 - 2010

Private Client Solicitor

Experience

Paul assists and advises individual clients, business owners and their respective families in all aspects of Private Client law. 

Paul’s particular area of expertise is advising on and setting up Personal Injury Trusts and in this respect he works very closely with the firm’s Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams.

Paul is a professional member of national organisation ‘Solicitors for the Elderly’; an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); and also a member of the Private Client Section of the Law Society.

Education

Sheffield Hallam University

University

2003 - 2006

LL.B (Hons), Law

PSC

College of Law (Birmingham and London)

2007 - 2009

PSC, Law

LPC

Oxford Institute of Legal Practice

2006 - 2007

Legal Practice Course

Testimonials

Really Helpful

JMW has set up a Personal Injury Trust for me, to make sure the compensation award I've received is protected. Paul Gotch's work on this has been really helpful; the process has been straightforward, problem-free and I've been left without any complaints. The advice I've received has been top notch and it's meant that I can make the most of my compensation award.

Mr F, NorthWest

 

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Press Cuttings

The Sun - Putting the elderly first

Putting the elderly first

Conservative peer urged rethink on commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on overseas aid while the elderly at home are in need

Conservative peer and ex-pensions minister Ros Altmann’s call was echoed by two Tory MPs who urged a rethink on the commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid while the elderly at home are in need.

The comments came as a law firm said a growing number of ageing parents are signing legal documents effectively stating they would rather die than see “excessive” care home fees plunder their children’s inheritance.

And Chancellor Philip Hammond denied the Prime Minister blocked him from announcing new funds for social care in last month’s Autumn Statement.

The Daily Mail quoted Baroness Altmann as saying: “The needs of our vulnerable elderly must come first before prioritising the needs of people elsewhere.

“It is important for us to be a global leader in helping poverty-stricken and Third World countries – but what we mustn’t forget is that we have the equivalent of poverty-stricken and Third World social care here.”

The newspaper said Shipley MP Philip Davies and Wellingborough MP Peter Bone added to her call.

Mr Davies said: “Charity begins at home and we should make sure we are spending enough on social care for our vulnerable older and disabled constituents before we send money abroad.”

Mr Hammond hinted yesterday he might be willing to abandon the Conservatives pledge to commit to spending 0.7% on overseas aid.

The comments came after town hall chiefs said they had discussed proposals with ministers to increase council tax bills in England to fill a black hole in funding for adult social care which could otherwise reach £2.6billion by 2020.

Paul Gotch, a lawyer with JMW Solicitors, said concerns over care costs were raised by nearly all the firm’s clients this year who signed lasting power of attorney documents.

He said: “Without doubt, the most common theme in discussions is a desire to refuse prospective treatment should they become incapacitated because they realise how the costs of care could drastically affect the amounts which they can pass on to their families.

“It amounts to a declaration that they would rather end their lives than become a financial burden to their loved ones.”

Labour accused the Government of unfairly “dumping” the funding crisis on council tax-payers and demanded to know why ministers had not “fought harder to get extra, vital funding for social care” in the Autumn Statement.

Mr Hammond told the House of Commons Treasury Committee he had discussed the issue with the PM but insisted it was “not true” that she had barred him from committing more cash.

“We are absolutely aware of the cacophony of input from local authorities and health trusts around the situation in the social care area,” he said.

“It is an important area and we will continue to discuss it and continue to look at the representations we are receiving.”

Meanwhile, Downing Street said some of the blame for the problems in social care were due to under-performing councils.


Yorkshire Post

We’d rather die than see care homes take our children’s inheritance, say more parents

 

A GROWING number of ageing parents are signing legal documents effectively saying they would rather die than see “excessive” care home fees plunder their children’s inheritance, lawyers claimed today.Paul Gotch, a lawyer with JMW Solicitors, said concerns over care costs were raised by nearly all the firm’s clients this year who signed lasting power of attorney documents. He said: “Without doubt, the most common theme in discussions is a desire to refuse prospective treatment should they become incapacitated because they realise how the costs of care could drastically affect the amounts which they can pass on to their families. “It amounts to a declaration that they would rather end their lives than become a financial burden to their loved ones.”

His comments came as a Yorkshire MP joined calls to prioritise funding for Britain’s “third world” social care system over the foreign aid budget. Shipley MP Philip Davies said: “Charity begins at home and we should make sure we are spending enough on social care for our vulnerable older and disabled constituents before we send money abroad.”

Conservative peer and ex-pensions minister Ros Altmannalso urged a rethink on the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid while the elderly at home are in need. She said: “The needs of our vulnerable elderly must come first before prioritising the needs of people elsewhere.

 


Daily Mail
Downing Street hints at funding boost for social care systems

By Press Association

PUBLISHED: 20:15, 13 December 2016 | UPDATED: 20:15, 13 December 2016

"Under threat" social care systems in certain areas of England are set to receive a funding boost from the Government, Downing Street has indicated.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid will announce on Thursday measures to help areas where social care provision is facing "severe pressures".

It comes after town hall chiefs said they had discussed proposals with ministers to increase council tax bills in England to fill a black hole in funding for adult social care which could otherwise reach £2.6 billion by 2020.

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Town hall chiefs said they had discussed proposals with ministers to allow hikes in council tax bills in England to fill a black hole in funding for adult social care

Theresa May's official spokeswoman said the issue provoked the "lengthiest discussion" among ministers at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting.

They agreed that the "long-running" issue needs medium and long-term solutions and that "money alone won't fix the problem", the spokeswoman said.

She went on: "There was a discussion about the variation in provision, differentiation between councils were highlighted, and the need to recognise that it is possible to provide high quality social care within existing budgets if reform was followed through.

"But also agreement that in some areas the ability to provide social care for local communities is under threat and Thursday's announcement on the local government finance settlement will address this issue while making clear the need for reform.

"The PM emphasised the importance of finding a long-term, sustainable way of addressing the issue."

Asked whether councils in under-pressure areas would be given the freedom to increase the 2% "social care precept" charge on council tax, the spokeswoman said: "I suggest you wait for Thursday's announcement."

 

It comes after Tory former pensions minister Baroness Altmann said funding for Britain's "Third World" social care system should be prioritised over the foreign aid budget.

The call was echoed by Tory MPs Philip Davies and Peter Bone, who urged a rethink on the commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid while the elderly at home are in need.

The comments came as a law firm said a growing number of ageing parents are signing legal documents effectively stating they would rather die than see "excessive" care home fees plunder their children's inheritance.

And Chancellor Philip Hammond denied the Prime Minister blocked him from announcing new funds for social care in last month's Autumn Statement.

The Daily Mail quoted Lady Altmann as saying: "The needs of our vulnerable elderly must come first before prioritising the needs of people elsewhere.

"It is important for us to be a global leader in helping poverty-stricken and Third World countries - but what we mustn't forget is that we have the equivalent of poverty-stricken and Third World social care here."

Paul Gotch, a lawyer with JMW Solicitors, said concerns over care costs were raised by nearly all the firm's clients this year who signed lasting power of attorney documents.

He said: "Without doubt, the most common theme in discussions is a desire to refuse prospective treatment should they become incapacitated because they realise how the costs of care could drastically affect the amounts which they can pass on to their families.

"It amounts to a declaration that they would rather end their lives than become a financial burden to their loved ones."

Labour has accused the Government of unfairly "dumping" the funding crisis on council tax-payers and demanded to know why ministers had not "fought harder to get extra, vital funding for social care" in the Autumn Statement.


Achievements

Awards

Solicitors for the Elderly - Accredited

Associations & Memberships

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) - since 2011

Solicitors for the Elderly - since 2011

Private Client section of the Law society - since 2011

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