I wrote to my local authority 2 years after we gained a residence order for my grandson and asked to be assessed for an allowance. Helen Jarvis from Ridley & Hall solicitors gave me some excellent advice on how to do this and I now get a means-tested residence order allowance.
"Thanks very much for all your help! If we ever need any help like this again (and with Social dragging their feet over the legal paperwork to ratify the placement, it looks increasingly likely), you will be the first port of call!"
“To say I’ve been blown away so far after one conversation is an understatement. They definitely get my vote. Sincere thanks go to this group for recommending Ridley & Hall”.
“Thank you Helen. You helped so much. You have no idea what this means to me, I cant think you enough. My granddaughter will have a wonderful life and you helped make that happen."
“Well done Helen you are doing a great job helping families in difficult situations. Thank you”
“I received the backdated allowance – it took Helen Jarvis 3 weeks to get what I’d been fighting 3 years for!”
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Solicitor – Community Care
Helen completed her degree in law in 2009 before continuing her studies part time on the Legal Practice Course whilst working in a solicitors firm in Wakefield to gain experience.
Helen gradually moved into a paralegal position in 2013 specialising in the area of Kinship Care.
Helen recognises the huge commitments that kinship carers make for the young family members placed in their care by Social Services and strives to get them the support they need to care for these children long term. She adopts a sympathetic and understanding approach to all her clients.
Helen has had successes in claiming allowances and back dated payments for kinship carers from local authorities across the country.