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April 2013 - Wills & Probate team strengthens its expertise

Ben Holden has been awarded full professional membership of the national association 'Solicitors for the Elderly' (SFE).  Ben specialises in Wills & Probate and is also a qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

“I have been specialising in legal services for the elderly for many years.” says Ben, “and I am looking forward to continuing my development in this area so that I can give my clients dedicated legal advice in a field of law which is constantly evolving as the requirements of the elderly population change.  Having membership of SFE will provide our clients with the assurance that Phillips has wide ranging expertise in providing legal services for older people.”


The growing number and proportion of older people in the population reflects increasing life expectancy.  By 2010 life expectancy at birth was 78 for men and 82 for women. The Office for National Statistics reported that 35% of 826,000 new babies born in 2012 and could be expected to survive to celebrate their one hundredth birthday. 

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is an association of lawyers who specialise in legal services for older people and their carers. Members of SFE have a wealth of experience within this key legal area and they are required to have spent a substantial amount of time working for elderly clients. The aim of this national association is to improve the knowledge and service provided on legal issues including, tax planning, Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney, long-term social and health care and other retirement issues.

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