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Court of Protection
If someone you love lacks the mental capacity to handle their property or financial affairs, our expert, client-centred Court of Protection solicitors are here to help.
With the range of responsibilities and the complicated process that needs to be undertaken, it is often easier to instruct a specialist solicitor to help you with the legal, financial and procedural matters relating to the Court of Protection than to go it alone.
Our experts offer a wide range of services relating to the Court of Protection, designed to provide you with the legal advice and support you need to help a loved one when they need it most.
The friendly and experienced team at JMW will work closely with family, friends and carers to coordinate the affairs of the person you support. We will begin by building a personal relationship with you and your loved ones to make sure that you are comfortable with us handling such important matters.
How JMW Can Help
Our services include:
- Applications to the Court
- Litigation support and expert witness drafting
- Looking after an elderly relative’s property and finances
- Acting as an Attorney
- Acting as a Trustee
- Selling a property when the joint owner has lost capacity
- Signing or ending a tenancy agreement
- Overseas or expat support
- Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act
As one of the largest teams in the country with over 230 years of combined experience, we have come across all types of clients, impairments and legal matters. Our increasing caseload and client retention is a testament to our proven level of experience.
Uniquely, the team speaks 9 other languages between them; Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh. By supporting those clients whose first language is not English, they are able to gain a greater understanding of their best interests.
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Why Choose JMW?
Headed up by Megan Christie-Copeland, the Court of Protection team has a strong track record of successfully handling all issues involving vulnerable and/or incapacitated clients.
In addition to providing Court of Protection services directly to clients, Megan also collaborates with many organisations across the UK promoting awareness and providing training, troubleshooting sessions and seminars to care providers, local authorities, charities and other not-for-profit organisations.
The team also includes Andrew Cusworth, who has close to 30 years of experience dealing with deputyships, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs), estate planning and tax planning, using wills, trusts and lifetime giving.
He is also appointed on the OPG Panel of Deputies, and one of only 14 acknowledged Court of Protection professional deputies across the north of England - where he has been appointed to every panel since it was introduced in 2007. The Court of Protection relies on panel deputies like Andrew when no one else is willing or able to act as a deputy for someone who lacks mental capacity.
The department comprises more than 40 team members who specialise solely in this work, going above and beyond for their clients. This includes being a Dementia Friend Champion, volunteering and fundraising for various charities, being a trustee of a national charity and managing a dance school for young adults with severe learning difficulties.
Members of the team are also on numerous professional bodies, including:
- The Society of Trust and Estate (STEP)
- Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
- Court User Group (CuG)
- Law Society Private Client Section
- The Association of Women Solicitors (AWS)
- Birmingham Solicitors’ Group (BSG)
- Founding members for the Professional Deputies Forum (PDF)
- A founding member, vice-chair and strategy and operations manager for the Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association (CoPPA)
These activities enable the team to offer more support, guidance and opportunities to vulnerable people and their support network and empower them to live life to the full, as independently as possible, whilst remaining up-to-date with industry standards, legislation and training so they can offer the best services to their clients.
We are ranked in both UK Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a top firm for Court of Protection, so you can rest assured that you and your loved ones will receive an exceptional level of service.