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Powers of Attorney and Deputyship

Services for Older Clients

We live in what is called an 'Ageing Society'. People are getting older and living longer.

Inevitably, this means some or us will lose mental capacity to the extent that we are no longer able to make decisions about our health and welfare and financial affairs.

When someone loses capacity their affairs must be looked after by a third party on their behalf. Sometimes this is done by a Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection. However, we retain the right to decide who looks after our affairs until we lose capacity.

If we want to retain an element of control over our affairs if we lose capacity we must draw up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). A properly drafted LPA will allow you to choose who will make decisions on your behalf in relation to either or both your health and welfare and/or property and financial affairs.

Why leave things to chance?

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Our Solicitors

Our solicitors will be pleased to help.

  • Lilian Clark
    Head of Private Client Department, Senior Solicitor
    Lilian qualified in 1984 and joined the firm in 2008. Lilian has practiced throughout the North East of England. Lilian has amassed a wealth of experience in all aspects of private client law although she now specialises in Trusts/Asset Preservation, Wills and Probate and Powers of Attorney. Lilian has over 35 year post qualification experience.
  • Lindsay Goodson
    Lindsay joined the firm in 2009 and qualified in 2010. Lindsay specialises in Wills and Probate, Trusts/Asset Preservation and Powers of Attorney. Lindsay has 10 years post qualification experience.
  • no image Angela Robertson
    Angela joined the firm in 2011 and qualified in 2012. Angela assists Lilian Clark and Lindsay Goodson with Wills and Probate, Trusts/Asset Preservation and services for older clients. Angela has over 5 years post qualification experience.
  • no image Geoff Laws
    Legal Executive
    Geoff joined the firm in 2019 and has over 30 years experience in dealing with Private Client matters. Geoff specialises in Wills and Probate, Trusts/Asset Preservation and Powers of Attorney.
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