Two Chesham-based lawyers appointed to Panel of Deputies
12th April 2011
Leading West London and Chesham based law firm IBB Solicitors is delighted to announce that Partner Jacqueline Almond and Senior Solicitor Natalie Boorer have been appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian's Panel of Deputies.
The Court of Protection makes decisions in relation to the property and affairs and health and personal welfare of adults (and children in a few cases) who lack capacity. The Court also has the power to make declarations about whether someone has the capacity to make a particular decision.
A Deputy is a person who is appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the personal welfare or property and affairs of another person who lacks the mental capacity to do so themselves. All people applying to be appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian's Panel of Deputies must undergo a rigorous selection process and, this time, the Court received more than 10 applications for every post on the Panel.
As Panel Deputies, Jacqueline and Natalie will be asked by the Court to take on difficult or disputed cases in order to protect the financial or welfare interests of vulnerable people.
Jacqueline Almond, Partner and head of the Wills, Trust and Probate team at IBB, advises on Court of Protection, Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) and Lasting Powers of Attorney, wills, estates planning, trusts and probate. As well as this appointment, Jacqueline is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She also speaks widely about tax planning and issues affecting the elderly.
Natalie Boorer, a Senior Solicitor in the Wills, Trusts and Probate team, has also been admitted to the Panel. Natalie has experience in wills, Court of Protection, EPA’s, trusts, estate and lifetime planning and long- term care and probate. She also handles several charitable registrations.
Jacqueline Almond, Partner and head of the Private Client team, said:
“We are extremely pleased that both Natalie and I have been appointed as Court of Protection Deputies, especially given the Court received over 10 applications for every post on the Panel. The Wills, Trusts and Probate team at IBB advises on a wide range of private client issues and is one of very few firms to have this niche specialism in Court of Protection work. We are very pleased that our expertise and work in this area is recognised.”
The Wills, Trusts and Probate team at IBB Solicitors is top ranked by independent guides to the legal profession and advises on a broad range of private client work. The team regularly helps clients with wills, trusts and probate, tax and estate planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney, trust administration, probate dispute service, financial planning services, civil partnerships and charities and is one of very few firms which has expertise in Court of Protection work.
For more information contact:
James Boyd-Wallis, Byfield Consultancy, James@Byfieldconsultancy.com 020 7091 3981