Advice for the vulnerable, their families & carers
Our expert team deals with the Court of Protection regularly. We know its procedures and can advise you on all the legal aspects of incapacity – whether you are in a vulnerable position yourself or acting as a deputy or an attorney.
We carry out a full review of the vulnerable person’s circumstances and then propose the best course of action for them. Our review considers the tax position, care fees, trusteeships and implications for jointly held property.
We also help attorneys and deputies. We offer general advice about fulfilling the role, and specific advice about caring for the vulnerable at home, moving them to residential care, dealing with tax returns, receiving benefits, managing finances and completing the annual report that deputies have to submit.
Our team will do all we can to make your life simpler. We explain options clearly, and if your application to the Court of Protection is contested, we aim to reach an early settlement.
Several of our partners as well as our trust corporation are court appointed deputies; we therefore have a wealth of experience. We can also put you in touch with fellow professionals who offer financial advice and other specialised services.
- Frequently deal with applications to the court of protection for registration of all types of powers of attorney.
- Arrange assessments of mental capacity by independent experts.
- Regularly advise spouses where one is losing capacity, including restructuring of their will to protect their assets from assessment for means tested benefits.
- Make applications for statutory wills and authority to make gifts, including provision of the relevant tax advice required by the court of protection.
- Advise clients on care fee funding and assist in discussions with local authorities as well as dealing with appeals against decisions about funding.
- Advising on the steps required when a trustee loses capacity to act including a trustee of jointly owned property and making applications when required to the court of protection for leave to replace a trustee.
- Make Trustee Act applications to vest jointly owned property into the names of new trustees where the co-owner loses capacity without having made an enduring power of attorney (EPA) or lasting power of attorney (LPA).
- Advising attorneys and deputies about what can be claimed in the way of expenses and what gifts they have authority to make.
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