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Senior Partner | Head of Contentious Probate and Trusts
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.
"As ever, John proffered excellent advice and guidance in this matter. Bell & Buxton are now my 'go-to' for any legal requirements. I can (and do) rely on Bell & Buxton to provide an outstanding service. Bell & Buxton does not disappoint."
"Professional, considerate and willing to go the extra mile."
"I have nothing but admiration for Bell & Buxton, they have been very supportive, caring and always ready to listen and help. John Breeze was my rock during a very difficult time, I would not have got through this battle without him, he was my advisor and my friend. Thank you John Breeze and Bell & Buxton."
- Mrs Forster
"Courteous, knowledgeable and experienced."
- Legal 500 2017
"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."