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Estate planning: Family of football legend Jimmy Hill in legal dispute

The children of football legend Jimmy Hill are locked in a legal battle over control of his affairs, after revealing to the national press that he has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past five years, reports The Telegraph.

Mr Hill is perhaps best known for his role appearing on the BBC's Match of the Day programme for 25 years; however, he also had a distinguished career as a player for Fulham in the 1950s and as manager and chairman of Coventry City in the 60s and 70s.

He continued to work in broadcasting up until retirement in 2007, when Brian Woolnough replaced him for the Sky Sports football show, Sunday Supplement.

Now his five children have spoken to the national press to reveal he is living in a care home, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past five years.

The children want to raise awareness of the plight of families of relatives who suffer from debilitating conditions and who suddenly become too ill to make decisions for themselves.

Mr Hill assigned power of attorney to his wife, Bryony, and a solicitor in 2005.

However, the result of this foresight is that today none of his children are able to make any decisions relating to his future care or wellbeing, and have been completely frozen out of discussions over his assets.

"It is a shame that we as his children have no rights over his treatment and care," Mr Hills's daughter, Joanna, told The Telegraph.

"Children should talk to their parents, before deterioration sets in, about how they want to be looked after and whom they want to be in charge of their lives," she added.

The children of Mr Hill are upset that their involvement in his life has been curtailed by a legal document that they believe was signed at a time when Mr Hill's future health could not be predicted.

They attempted to have the solicitor's power of attorney signed over to one of them, but their request was rejected because the solicitor said that this option had been considered in 2005 and had been decided against because Mr Hill could not decide which of his five children to appoint.

Mr Hill's son Jamie said: "I want to highlight it. This will become a more common problem over the years because there are so many families in the same position as ours."