On 19 January 2018, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced developments in relation to the charging of “after death” fees following its market study into the supply of care home services for the elderly in the UK. One of the concerns identified by the CMA in its final report related to the practice of some care home providers of continuing to charge fees after the death of a resident. The CMA is concerned that it is unfair to continue to charge fees for an extended period after a resident has died.
The CMA is, therefore consulting on draft consumer law advice for UK care home providers on the charging of fees after a resident’s death.
At Jordans, our Wills and Probate team advise varied clients, all looking to protect their finances, property, and other valuable goods. We recognise how important it is that this is done correctly, to provide peace of mind to everyone involved.
If you are concerned that care home fees have been unfairly charged, we can consider whether these fees can be challenged. If you are dealing with the estate of somebody who has recently died having been a resident in a care home, we can assist you in dealing with the administration of the estate in order that you can give notice to the care home to terminate any agreement and end any ongoing liability for care fees as quickly as possible.
We are on hand to help with any queries you may have in regards to estate administration. Our Wills and Probate client solicitors are based in Wakefield, Dewsbury, and Horsforth. Feel free to call us on 0330 300 1103 or request a call back by clicking here.