Managing Someone’s Affairs

When a person lacks mental capacity to deal with their property and affairs, or health and welfare, their affairs are governed by the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

The Office of the Public Guardian and the Court of Protection oversee the use of Lasting Power of Attorneys and appoint property and affairs/health and welfare deputies where a person has lost mental capacity but no Lasting Power of Attorney is in place.
If any dispute arises in respect of the affairs of a person who is deemed to have lost mental capacity, our specialist team will where necessary, work closely with our private client lawyers, which include one of only 60 pre-approved Deputies of the Court of Protection in the country. Together, we provide expert and seamless advice to resolve these often sensitive and distressing matters, robustly protecting our clients’ interests.
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Important Announcement for changes to Probate Application Fees – APRIL 2019

The Government have approved the increase of the application fees for Probate from April 2019. The new legislation will raise the estate value threshold from £5,000 to £50,000 which will exclude around 25,000 estates from probate fees altogether

Turning probate fees into a stealth tax looks like profiteering on the bereaved

Recent news that the Ministry of Justice is set to increase probate fees by as much as 9,200% in May 2017 has provoked reactions ranging from consternation to outrage. Once implemented, the change will see executors of an estate worth £600,000 being charged £4,000 for a grant of probate. Compare this to the flat fee …
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