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Mental Incapacity & Care of the Elderly

Our care and support go hand in hand

What is involved?

If you have reached a stage in life when you require help with your affairs, we have a service designed to look after matters for you. Alternatively, if you are caring for an elderly or incapacitated relative and their affairs, you may face new and unexpected challenges.

Or, you may be an attorney or need a Lasting Power of Attorney for Property & Finances and/or Health & Welfare decisions; appointing someone to manage things for you if you become mentally incapable.

Our specialist lawyers advise on a variety of aspects of care and financial management, and work with relatives, carers and guardians. We have a team specialising in Court of Protection work, taking care of the welfare and assets of someone who through age, infirmity, illness or injury may not have capacity to look after their own affairs.

Why choose Freeths?

  • Friendly, approachable lawyers experienced in helping vulnerable clients, their friends and family offering a respectful and quality service
  • We advise on Inheritance Tax and Estate Planning including Statutory Wills for those who have lost capacity
  • We advise relatives wishing to make provision for incapacitated children
  • We advise about paying for residential and nursing home care, including how to fund fees
  • We advise carers and offer specialist expertise on mental capacity, nursing/residential home care

Our lawyers will explain everything to you clearly in plain English. Call us now to see how we could help you.

If you need advice about tax and succession planning; dealing with issues relating to residential or nursing home care; or just the day to day management of the affairs of someone who is unable to do to so for themselves we will steer you through the challenges.

Two of our team are on the panel of Deputies maintained by the Court of Protection to support people who have no family or friends to support them, or where there is a dispute about who should manage their affairs.

We also have a variety of detailed information sheets available, including guides to choosing and visiting a care home. Please get in touch using our enquiry form if you would like a copy.

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Meet the team

Mental Incapacity & Care of the Elderly Lawyers


Veronica Cowdrey
Senior Associate

0186 578 1105

Patricia Grout
Associate

0186 578 1170

Jane Maitland
Partner

0845 128 6963

Jennie McBride
Associate

0115 901 5567

Ruth-Elizabeth McDonald
Solicitor

0845 274 6823

Natasha Molloy
Director

0845 077 9679

Nigel Roots
Partner

0845 128 6962

Kirsty Southgate
Associate

01865 781 136

Lilly Toop
Associate

0845 271 6795

Navada Ward
Associate

0845 050 3666

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Testimonials

"The clear and concise information provided allowed me to fully understand what I would be undertaking if I was to put myself up for Deputyship."

"My wife and I would both like to thank you for making the process so easy and efficient."

"Natasha Molloy of Freeths LLP routinely serves as a professional deputy, regularly acting for clients with acquired brain injuries. A source says: 'She's one of the best that I deal with - technically she's very good and she also has a very good way of dealing with clients and making the right decisions on their behalf'."

"Professionalism tempered with understanding and caring."

"Thank you very much for your intervention concerning this whole matter and I think that you also go out of your way to do what you can."

"Your efforts in providing clear and timely advice have been so helpful to us all. We cannot recommend you highly enough."

"Singled out for her 'professionalism, sincerity and immense knowledge', Jane Maitland acts as an executor and trustee and is also a Court of Protection appointed deputy for vulnerable clients."

"This is just to thank you for all the help you have given to [client] over the past years. I know how fond of you she was and how marvellous you were with her. Freeths are so lucky to have you Patricia. I do not think I would have been able to manage the anxiety of the last years without your understanding and updates. With every good wish for the future and many many thanks for your kindness at all times."

Notable Work
  • Prepared urgent interim applications to the Court of Protection for the release of monies to pay care home fees.
  • Drafted a complaint to the Department for Work and Pensions in relation to the non-payment of a benefit for her client. She felt that the benefit should have been backdated over some years and that the client had been financially penalised for not having the capacity to deal with the claim themselves. The claim was successful.
  • Experienced in preparing wills and powers of attorney for elderly or disabled clients. In such circumstances, we are able to meet with clients in their own home or in a setting which is most comfortable for them.
  • Acted for numerous clients who lack mental capacity, and who have received a significant award of damages, in the ongoing management of their financial affairs.
  • Acted as an attorney or a court-appointed deputy for people who lack the capacity to administer their own affairs.
  • Regularly instructed to make family care payment applications on behalf of lay deputies and made several successful applications for these payments. These have included authority to pay the parents of a child over £90,000 per annum for the care they provide for their significantly disabled child.
  • Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection to manage multi-million pound compensation award to a minor child resulting from brain injury through medical negligence at birth.
  • Acted for a client in an application to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a health and welfare Deputy.
  • Managing a £4 million settlement for a young man with learning difficulties, who subsequently suffered from a brain injury from a road traffic accident as a child resulting in significant cognitive impairment. The client is extremely vulnerable and his funds are used to provide a team of support to give him the best life possible.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 12 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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