Hi, My Dad is in late stage Alzheimers and in a care home. We are running out of money to pay his fees - we are now under the £23k and his house has been on the market for some months but no buyer as yet. I am in the process of setting up a Deferred Payment Agreement with the council for them to fund his care until the house is sold. I understand it's a loan, in effect, a mortgage on the property. I have just received a letter from the council (Oxfordshire) stating that I should appoint a solicitor to deal with this. Is that right? Why do I need a solicitor? I haven't budgeted for solicitors fees & at this rate I am going to run out of money to pay for Dad's care before the council stump up any cash. Do I need a solicitor or could I do this on my own? All advice gratefully received! Many thanks, Sarah.