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Why use an SFE member

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Carole Haestier is a Senior Associate solicitor working in the Private Client team at Hughes Paddison and her areas of expertise include the preparation of Wills, estate planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection work and trust and estate administration, paying for care and asset preservation.

Carole grew up in France and is bilingual in French and English.  Carole is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and the Society for Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).   

What is SFE?

SFE is a national organisation of specialist lawyers whose 1600+ members’ aim is to support vulnerable and older people make the right decisions.

SFE was set up in the 1990s by a group of lawyers keen to promote and develop the needs of an ageing population.  

Who can join SFE?

All members receive expert training, are regulated solicitors, barristers or legal executives and must spend at least 50% of their time advising older and vulnerable adults.

All Fully Accredited Members must have passed the SFE Older Care in Practice Award which tests their awareness and understanding of issues that may affect older and vulnerable adults and ensures they have the skills to help their clients communicate and be understood in a safe and secure environment.

It is of particular concern to SFE that their members follow a plain English policy so that they strive to communicate in easy, understandable language and put clients at their ease when dealing with complex, life changing issues.

Why Use an SFE member?

All members are highly trained and experts in their fields. The specialist lawyers can assist you with making a Will, Powers of Attorney, Gifts, Trusts and Probate amongst other matters.

Members of SFE are generally viewed as being dedicated to their field of expertise and have a wealth of experience and training which helps to ensure that their clients receive high quality advice. 

How Do I find a Member?

You can find an SFE Member near you on SFE’s website by searching their ‘Find a Lawyer’ section:

Solicitors for the Elderly SFE

Older adult matters we help with

Carole Haestier has been a member a fully accredited member of SFE since 2018, her extensive experience in advising on all elderly matters includes:

  • Making a will
  • Gifts
  • Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
  • Advanced decisions/Living wills
  • Tax planning
  • Asset preservation
  • Trusts
  • Probate
  • Paying for care
  • NHS continuing healthcare
  • Court of Protection
  • Elder abuse

If you would like to arrange a meeting or discuss your needs with Carole, or any other member of the Private Client team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 01242 574244 or email

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