Vulnerable clients and how to protect them is fast becoming one of the key areas we assist clients with. Mental capacity and how our society deals with people who have lost capacity or their capacity is waivering is a growing challenge in an ageing population.
Our view is that the legal profession is here to adapt and respond to that need. Here at Harrisons we have a dedicated department who deal with these issues. We advise upon and create Powers of Attorney so that the preparatory steps are in place in the event of a loss of capacity. We also deal with matters in the Office of the Public Guardian and the Court of Protection when Court proceedings have become necessary
Our approach is centred around our clients and their needs taking into account their particular circumstances. We ensure that vulnerable clients are identified and protected. It is our view that we will where appropriate engage with more general non legal initiatives when planning for end of life care to provide a holistic approach.
Powers of Attorney
Until 1 October 2007, it was possible to grant two types of power of attorney: ordinary powers of attorney and enduring powers of attorney (EPAs),
Resolving Court of protection disputes
When someone loses mental capacity, it can produce all kinds of disputes between friends and family members.
If someone loses mental capacity and he/she does not have a Will, or their Will is out of date, a deputy can make a Will on their behalf.
The Court of Protection
If you are caring for a vulnerable family member, contact us for advice.
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)
The OPG is responsible for maintaining the register of LPAs and deals with representations about how attorneys appointed under LPAs are exercising their powers.
Meet our specialists
Anne Smith is the managing partner of Harrisons Solicitors LLP and has over 20 years experience in the areas of dispute resolution and employment law.