Around 150 local solicitors are gathering in Kilkenny today at a conference to discuss regional community issues, the Fair Deal scheme, property law, wills and probate and more.
“Local solicitors are at the frontline of many of life’s big moments. We are routinely advising and representing our clients on major decisions that need to be made in business, in planning for elderly care, or when buying or selling a home or farm,” Yvonne Blanchfield, President of the Kilkenny Bar Association said.
Advising the elderly and their carers is a key theme for the conference. “We know from the 2016 Census that people are living longer and the population aged over 65 in Ireland is growing. Since the 2011 Census, the number of people aged 65 and over in Kilkenny has increased by approximately two thousand people[ii].
"There is an important role for solicitors in representing clients who are making plans for their senior years. These are often highly personal, emotive issues for our clients and I am pleased that the topic is high on the conference agenda," she said.
“While our professional advice and experience is sought, it is crucial that as a profession we have a high standard of knowledge and are able to tap into the expertise of our peers from around the nation. Even seemingly everyday tasks such as buying and selling of homes require regular updates and our members report it is a hot topic in this area at the moment.”
The conference will see solicitors from Kilkenny, Carlow and across the South East learn about the latest trends and changes across the national legal landscape, however it will have a very strong focus on information that is relevant to the local area. It will cover specific sessions on topics including enduring powers of attorney, making a will and probate issues, the Fair Deal Scheme, and property updates.