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.