Court of protection

24 January 2017

‘Claudia’s Law’ - helping families take control of a missing relative’s affairs

Many of us will recall the disappearance of 35 year old Claudia Lawrence when she was on her way to work at the University of York in 2009. Claudia has still not been found. Her father, however, has been championing a law which would allow a relative of a missing person to deal with their financial affairs. Named ‘Claudia’s Law’, the Bill has already been backed by MPs in the Commons and will shortly be going to a second reading. 

Stephanie Mooney

1 April 2016

Court of Protection - challenges and tips for Deputies when buying a property abroad

As a professional Deputy acting for clients with large awards of compensation, either because of medical negligence or personal injury, the purchase of property is an issue I deal with frequently. In most cases, the order appointing a Deputy restricts the authority to buy or sell property without first obtaining the permission of the Court.

In this blog, Simon Hardy looks at the challenges and tips for Deputies when buying a property overseas.

Simon Hardy

16 March 2016

Wills, gifts and inheritance tax planning for Attorneys and Deputies

The ability to make a Will and make gifts to loved ones is something most of us take for granted. One of the most common reasons for doing these things is to reduce the Inheritance Tax (IHT) payable on our death.

9 February 2016

The ‘secretive’ Court of Protection opens up to media under transparency pilot

Did I hear you say ‘Secret Court’? Not any more as the Court of Protection will now be ‘Open Court’, or at least it is between 29 January and 31 July 2016 for the duration of a transparency pilot. Over recent years, particularly from certain sections of the media, the Court has received regular criticism over its lack of transparency and the making of important decisions behind closed doors. This is why it has been referred to as a ‘Secret Court’.

Simon Hardy

18 December 2014

Buying a property for a disabled child or adult

The conveyancing procedure in England and Wales can be daunting, especially if you are acquiring a property that may need to be specially adapted due to requirements of a disabled person’s specific needs, particularly if he/she is lacking mental capacity, and those of his or her family. To help explain the stages of the conveyancing process in respect of such a purchase, we have set out a brief guide to outline the steps involved.

Bethan Owen

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