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Gladys was born in 1920, the eldest of three children. She has seen and experienced a lot more than most of us, simply due to her age. Gladys is 99. Gladys has seen many technological and medical advances, major political change and lived through the second world war and rationing. On a personal note, Gladys has been married, had a son, been widowed and has grandchildren. She has seen her friends live with dementia, suffer from physical conditions and faced other personal challenges.
When Gladys was born, not every woman could vote. Free health care through the (not yet formed) NHS was 28 years away and King George V (our Queen’s Grandfather) was on the throne!! Gladys was born less than 20 years after Queen Victoria's death in the post First World War era.
Gladys and her husband were early adopters of foreign travel. They took their first holiday abroad in the late 1950s. Foreign travel was a lot riskier in those early years and Gladys was always keen to ensure all her legal paperwork at home was in place before she left for each holiday.
Gladys is a strong matriarchal figure. She has always looked after her family and guided them. She is someone we can all learn from and is a bit of a hero in some circles.
As you get to know Gladys better, you will see she has always understood the importance of good advice at the key times in her life, whether they have been good times or bad. Through careful planning, Gladys has helped herself and her family over the years
Gladys is fortunate that even at 99 that she retains her full mental abilities. However, she had a very close friend who she sadly witnessed losing her capacity and mental reasoning to Alzheimers. Gladys still remembers how upsetting this was to her and also her friend’s friends and family, this event is what prompted Gladys to make a Power of Attorney. She has ensured that should she lose her mental capacity, she has already chosen the people who will take over her decision making. This means that her affairs can be dealt with smoothly and without applying to court.
Recently Gladys was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. After being asked her thoughts on having a do not resuscitate order in place, one of the first questions Gladys was asked in the emergency department was ‘Do you have an advance directive?’
Fortunately, Gladys was able to answer that question and the doctors and medical staff were then able to access it to confirm her wishes. This is just one example of Gladys planning ahead and making things just that little bit easier for her family at a very difficult and emotional time. Gladys has always taken care of her physical health and eaten healthily over the years which she is certain helped her in fighting off pneumonia and being able to return to live at home after her 10 days in hospital. The only problem is that whilst she was in hospital her 99th birthday party had to be postponed for a week.
Gladys has kindly agreed to share with us some of her life experiences over the coming months. Some good, some not so good. She will share her tips for dealing with those situations where legal help can be useful, such as planning and organising your affairs to give you peace of mind, protecting your assets and ensuring your estate passes to those you love when you have gone.
In her own, words:
“Living to nearly 100 as I have, I am pleased I have taken good advice from trusted professionals at each stage of my life. As a result I am still able to live comfortably with peace of mind 40 years after retiring”
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Gladys' life events
1934 left school and started work
1944 only son born
1970 Father died
1969 Son married
1971 first grandchild born
1978 Mother died
1976 second grandchild born
1995 first grandchild married
2000 first great grandson born
2002 first great granddaughter born
2003 second granddaughter married
2005 second great granddaughter born
2007 third great granddaughter born
Gladys camping as a young woman, learning the virtues of planing ahead and being prepared.
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