Charity LegaCare has teamed up with protection stalwarts Peter Le Beau and Future Proof to further raise the profile of the charity as it embarks on piloting a new scheme.
Peter Le Beau (pictured), managing director of Le Beau Visage, has joined the board of LegaCare. In addition, adviser firm Future Proof has become the charity's first partner, providing LegaCare as part of the benefits their clients receive.
LegaCare is a legal advice charity founded by solicitor Meg Kirby, providing free legal advice to those with life-threatening or terminal illnesses.
Future Proof will be writing to existing clients this month to let them know that they will be entitled to unlimited legal telephone advice as part of the claims support package.
David Mead, CEO of Future Proof said: "As soon as Meg told us about the unique and vitally important, practical and hands-on service LegaCare offers, we knew this was a service Future Proof should be offering to all of our clients.
"Our relationship will also be helping them to establish a national presence which reflects our clients demographics. We are confident that the LegaCare service will provide a much needed legal support for our clients at a time when they most need it."
Meanwhile, as Chair at LegaCare, LeBeau will provide support, guidance and education to the charity. Through his work on various projects with Protection Review, The-Net-Work and the Seven Families campaign, Le Beau has supported various charities throughout his career such as Disability Rights UK, Hospice UK, MIND and Beating Bowel Cancer.
Le Beau said: "I've known Meg Kirby for several years, and was incredibly impressed by the commitment she has given to the creation and development of LegaCare.
"They are helping people who literally are on their last legs to put some sort of settlement of their affairs in place. This is immensely important for terminally-ill people.
"Our industry evolved from helping ordinary, working class people to fund their funerals. I see LegaCare as a 21st century extension of that situation and I am very proud to be involved."
In addition, the charity is pioneering a pop-up legal surgery in three major oncology units in the North East of England beginning this month.
Kirby said: "In a patient's journey you've got the medical, the psychological, the social and the pastoral. The bit that's missing is legal [advice].
"When patients are going in to have chemotherapy, radiotherapy or seeing their consultant, they can pop in to see us for free legal help.
"We'll pilot the scheme and see what the impact of the service is - it's never been tried anywhere else in the country, so we're really excited."
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