Our professional and helpful team can help you personally with Elderly And Vulnerable Clients
Jarmans has a particular expertise in handling the affairs of elderly and vulnerable clients, including assisting with powers of attorney, court of protection applications and advice in relation to the Care Act 2014. We can also advise on trusts for vulnerable beneficiaries, including disabled persons trusts. Our head of department, Ruth Pannell, is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (‘LPAs’)
LPAs are documents to appoint trusted people to look after your affairs in the event that you lose mental capacity. There are two types of LPA, one dealing with your property and financial affairs and one dealing with your health and care. We can guide you through the process of choosing suitable attorneys, drafting and signing the paperwork, and registering your LPAs with the Office of the Public Guardian (the court with oversight of LPAs). We can also train your chosen attorneys on their duties and responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
If you do not have a trusted friend or family member you feel you can appoint, our partners are able to act as attorneys in respect of your property and financial affairs. We are experienced in acting as attorneys and are part of a network of knowledgeable associated advisers, including accountants, care home experts and financial planners, who we will consult and, where appropriate, involve to make the best decisions when handling your affairs.
Court of Protection
If a family member has already lost capacity, they will not be able to sign LPAs. However, applications can be made to the Court of Protection to enable deputies to be appointed to look after their affairs. We can also assist in making urgent interim orders, for example if funds are urgently needed to pay for care fees. This can be a stressful process but we aim to make it as straightforward as possible. We are also able to appoint partners here to act as deputy in the event that there are no suitable family members, and have experience of acting as professional deputies.
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