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Partner | Head of Private Client & Notary Public
Whether as a result of a catastrophic injury or the progress of a degenerative condition such as dementia, a person may lose the mental capacity to manage their own financial affairs. Bell & Buxton can help with contingency planning by putting in place Lasting Powers of Attorney.
But if mental capacity is lost suddenly or before powers of attorney can be arranged, it can be an anxious time as no one will have automatic authority to take over. In that situation Bell & Buxton can help with an application in the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy to look after and manage financial affairs going forward.
We also recognise that acting as a Deputy can sometimes be a time-consuming and difficult responsibility. The role involves managing bank accounts, paying all necessary bills, liaising with service and care providers and preparing annual reports to the Office of the Public Guardian to account for the previous 12 months of financial activity and estimating for the year ahead. There may be no one in the family who feels able to take on the job. In those circumstances it may be possible for the Partners of Bell & Buxton to appointed as Deputy in a professional capacity and to ensure that the person lacking in mental capacity has all their financial needs met in their best interests.
“Great Service - I've been putting off making a will for year’s but Charles made the process totally pain free.”
“Thank you Bell & Buxton for helping my daughter move into her new home. It was a ‘bit of a marathon’ for us and your team successfully helped us through what was an unusually difficult process.”
- Mike Peat
First impressions at reception were very friendly and helpful and very caring on leaving. The offer of coffee was most welcome. The understanding by Mr Sissons of the situation was to the point and any aspect that could cause unforeseen (by me) problems was soon spotted.
"Very professional & considerate. Charles Neal has a friendly and reassuring approach. He explains legal issues clearly & allows plenty of time for you to consider any options presented."
"Martin was excellent in all our dealings with my mother and her Will and sorting this out for her. Always professional, but very approachable and honest."