Helping protect you and your loved ones in later life
With an ageing population, it is an unfortunate reality that more and more of our elderly relatives may suffer mental decline in later life.
At what is already a difficult time, matters can be made worse if you are concerned that a person is trying to take advantage of your loved one, or if a person appointed to manage their financial affairs is not doing so properly. Whatever your situation, our expert team can advise you on the options available.
What issues may arise for an elderly person who has lost capacity?
You may be concerned that someone is trying to take advantage of your loved one for their own financial gain
Sadly disputes often arise between family members who have different views about how their elderly relative’s financial affairs should be managed in later life. If their elderly relative did not prepare an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney then this can make matters more difficult. We have assisted clients with applications for a Court appointed deputy who can help support families independently through this difficult time.
We have helped clients to investigate concerns about inappropriate uses of their loved one’s finances. We can also provide advice in circumstances where you have concerns about your loved one not having a will, or perhaps being encouraged to make a will or a substantial gift when you feel they lacked capacity to understand what they were doing.
You may have concerns that a person appointed as an attorney or a deputy is mismanaging your loved one’s financial affairs
Certain individuals may be appointed to manage a person’s financial affairs once they have lost capacity. This could either be through an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney prepared by an individual before they lose capacity, or through the Court appointing a deputy after the individual has lost mental capacity.
Either way, any person appointed as an attorney or a deputy has a vitally important role in managing your loved one’s financial affairs in the most appropriate way. If you are concerned that this is not happening, we can help you investigate the position and, if necessary, seek removal of the attorney or deputy.
“Amanda Noyce (Band 4) is head of the inheritance and trusts disputes group at Royds Withy King in Bath. An interviewee describes her as “very approachable and understanding,” adding: “I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She is very thorough with her investigations and covers all angles.” Chambers 2017 UK-wide
“Royds Withy King ‘achieves good results for its clients time and time again’. Amanda Noyce ‘is unflappable’ in Court of Protection applications involving mental capacity issues, as well as Inheritance Act, tax and professional negligence matters.” Legal 500 2016 South West