Webinar – Deliberate Deprivation – When can you make a gift of assets?


SFE webinar series 2021 – webinar 2

4th March 2021- 13:00 – 14:00

Speaker: Caroline Bielanska

Venue: online

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Course content

People who were self-funding their care and subsequently run out of money will need to turn to Social Services for financial support. Social services are increasingly looking at past financial transactions to see if the person has made gifts with the intention of reducing the amount they will pay for their care and support needs.

The training outcome will ensure delegates:

  • Understand the components of deliberate deprivation, including purpose and timing
  • Increase awareness of when a deprivation can be inferred
  • Identify when a gift can be made when already in receipt of care

About the speaker

Caroline Bielanska is the former Chief Executive and former Chair of Solicitors for the Elderly, an organisation she helped to found in 1999. She lectures regularly for many CPD providers, including Central Law Training, The Solicitors Group, Professional Conferences and STEP, and is well known in her specialist field, advising older and vulnerable adults who have limited physical and/or mental capacity. Caroline is trained to use Makaton signs and symbols for clients who struggle to use spoken language. She provides consultancy for law firms on an independent basis and is an accredited Mediator. She can be contacted at cbielanska@gmail.com .Caroline won the Trusted Advisor of the Year 2017 and the Vulnerable Client Practice Award 2017 in STEP’s Private Client Awards. She was a finalist in the 2018 and 2019 Vulnerable Client Practice Award category.

Specialist legal areas

  • Powers of attorney, deputyship, the Mental Capacity Act and Court of Protection practice
  • Health and social care law (assessments, eligibility and state funding, including NHS Continuing Health Care)
  • Asset Protection Trusts
  • Care contracts
  • Advance decisions to refuse life sustaining medical treatment
  • Adult safeguarding
  • Residency and care disputes


  • The Practitioners Guide to Court of Protection Practice (Bloomsbury)
  • Cretney & Lush on Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney (Lexis Nexis)
  • The Elderly Client Handbook (The Law Society)
  • Elderly Clients- A Precedent Manual (Jordans)
  • Elderly People and the Law (Jordans)
  • The Health and Social Care Handbook (the Law Society)
  • Contributor to Heywood and Massey’s Court of Protection Practice
  • On the Editorial Board and contributor to The Elder Law Journal (Jordans)
  • Author of ‘A Safeguarding Strategy for Recognising, Preventing and Dealing with the Abuse of Older and Vulnerable People’ (Solicitors for the Elderly)
  • Technical Editor of Coldrick on Personal Injury Trusts (ARK Publishing) (1st edition)


  • Law Society’s Mental Health & Disability Committee
  • Court of Protection Users’ Group
  • Caroline is a current member of the Court of Protection’s Rules Review Committee, recommending changes to the Court rules, practice directions and forms
  • Caroline has been a stakeholder to the PGO and subsequently the OPG
  • Panel expert convened by the Law Commission to input into drafting the consultations on the reform of adult social care


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