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Court of Protection

As we reach old age, vulnerable individuals often require assistance in the form of a professional deputy to help manage their welfare and finances, and ensure that they cannot be exploited in any way.

At Slater Heelis, our team of expert court of protection solicitors and professional deputies maintain a proven track record for supporting the fundamental rights, health and wellbeing of vulnerable individuals.

Our understanding of court of protection law safeguards the fundamental rights of those who lack sufficient mental capacity to make important decisions for themselves. We provide expert legal advice that ensures people have access to the right medical care, residential protection, social services and financial support when they need it most.

As a trusted legal advisor to many individuals and families across both Greater Manchester and the North West, we put the best interests of our local community first when seeking an effective resolution to the range of legal challenges they may be facing. Our Court of Protection solicitors provide clear and straightforward advice on deputyship applications, disputes and the ongoing management of a person’s assets and estate. We treat every matter with sensitivity, empathy and care, and pride ourselves on taking a personal approach to client service at every turn.

Deputyship

Deputyship provides the authority to make financial or welfare decisions for a loved one who no longer has the mental capacity to make these decisions on their own. It is the duty of a deputy to always act in the best interests of the incapacitated person, making sure that all decisions made are for their benefit.

You can apply to the Court of Protection to become a deputy if you are the person’s spouse, partner, child, close relative or close friend – but you must be over 18. There can be more than one deputy, and in such cases the court may order you to make decisions jointly. If you are appointed financial deputy, you are responsible for the person’s day-to-day financial affairs. This includes budgeting for their future, preserving their access to state benefits (if applicable), looking after any investments they have made, paying their bills, and sorting out their tax.

Of course, looking after an incapacitated loved one’s finances, health and welfare can be extremely stressful, time-consuming and, in some cases, rather harrowing. So, if it’s easier for you, we can act as their professional deputy – which allows you to concentrate on providing them with loving care.

As such, our range of services cover the following:

  • Applications to the Court of Protection for close family members or friends to become a legal deputy
  • Specific applications to the Court of Protection, for example the sale of property or preparation of statutory wills
  • Legal support and expert dispute resolution with contested deputyship applications
  • Professional deputyship, where we act with care to manage the financial and health affairs of a loved one

A highly experienced team

Georgina Bradshaw joined Slater Heelis’ renowned Private Client department in May 2013, bringing with her a wealth of experience in legal matters involving mental capacity and Court of Protection work.

As another key figure in this team, Caroline Pinney developed her interest in mental capacity work through her previous background in mental health law. She is also a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly, as well as a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP).

Partner, and head of the firm’s Private Client team, Chris Partington, is one of only nine panel deputies in the North West, appointed by the Office of the Public Guardian. A panel deputy helps to manage and support decisions about personal finances for people that lack the mental capacity to do so themselves. They are chosen to act as professional deputies by the courts in lieu of an able and willing volunteer.

What our clients say about us…

“I believe that no firm in Manchester can match Slater Heelis for the range of services they provide, combined with their superior level of service. They are one of the few firms in the area that have embraced change, recognised the benefits of using technology, reacted to the market place and achieved growth in a challenging financial climate.”

Jason Watkin, Thornley Groves