"Does mum have to sell her house?" "Can I give my house to the children?" "My friend can't manage at home, how do I help her choose a care home?" "What help can I get in the house?" "How do I get help from Social Services?" "My father has had a stroke and can't sign a cheque, how can I pay his home fees?" "My partner will get my savings when I die, won't he?" These and many other questions are asked by older people and, as importantly, those close to them, whether family, friends or neighbours, when faced with making decisions for those in later life. In Preparing Ahead Colin Ashley addresses many of the legal, financial and practical issues which often need to be faced as we, or those for whom we care, get older. The book emphasises the benefits of finding out well in advance what it is that we do not know and of taking simple steps which will eventually reduce the trauma often associated with advancing years.