Deputyship

Nowell Meller Solicitors acting as a professional Deputy

When a Court of Protection application is required to manage a person’s property and finances and to make health and welfare decisions, there can be many reasons why a family member cannot take on that responsibility.  In some situations, the person who lacks mental capacity may simply not have any family member or friend who can undertake this role for them. The name of the role in these circumstances is known as a Deputy. 

It is a big task acting as a Deputy and this is why sometimes family or friends of the person prefer to appoint Solicitors to take on that role. Nowell Meller Solicitors act as Deputy for a number of clients and we take that role seriously, acting professionally with integrity and sensitivity.

For a friendly initial telephone discussion or to make an appointment to see if we can as a Deputy for someone you know then please contact either our experienced team at our Stafford office on 01785 252377 or our Stoke on Trent office on 01782 813315.

What is Nowell Meller Solicitors role as professional Deputy?

As professional Deputies, we manage the persons finances, ensure all bills are paid and seek independent financial advice where required.   We make sure our client has everything they need and arrange for funds to be transferred if a client lives in a nursing or residential home so they have everything they want and need.

We also visit the person to make sure they have everything they need and ensure we have no concerns about their ongoing care. We always maintain regular contact with the care home and if appropriate with any other professionals such as social services to make sure the person is adequately cared for as their needs are always priority.

In addition, we complete the annual report to the Court showing all monies handled on their behalf and deal with any Court requirements such as insurance bonds and supervision fees.

For a friendly initial telephone discussion or to make an appointment to find out more about Nowell Meller Solicitors role as a professional Deputy then please contact our specialised teams at either our Stafford office on 01785 252377 or at our Stoke on Trent office on 01782 813315.

How much does it cost?

Legal fees are closely monitored by the Court for acting as a Deputy on an annual basis and if the fees exceed the Courts allowable costs each year then the files are sent for costing. Deputyship fees can vary from a case to case basis and therefore for an idea of legal costs for acting as a Deputy please contact either our Stafford team on 01785 252377 or our Burslem team on 01782 813315 for an initial telephone discussion or to make an appointment.