Case study: LPAs voided due to incorrect signature
The Court of Protection recently ruled that two Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) made by an elderly lady had to be cancelled because an attorney had witnessed the donor’s signature. The lady who made the LPAs had appointed her husband and two solicitors... [read more...
What’s the difference between a Lasting Power of Attorney and Deputyship?
In light of Parkinson’s Awareness Month 2019, our Court of Protection solicitors look at how deputyship can help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety around making decisions on behalf of someone who is no longer physically or mentally able to make them... [read more...
Court of Protection to consider monitoring social media
The Court of Protection recently confirmed that they will make a decision on behalf of a woman in her 30s who suffers from learning disabilities, regarding her use of social media and whether a Local Authority should be able to monitor her social media... [read more...
Gifts in the Court of Protection for Deputies and Attorneys
The Court of Protection has recently decided that an Attorney appointed under a Lasting Power of Attorney was allowed to make gifts from the funds of his mother totalling over £7m. The reason provided by the Attorney was that he was wishing to reduce the... [read more...
How can the Court of Protection help me?
The Court of Protection deals with the affairs of people who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves. Loss of capacity to make decisions can happen to any of us, whether through illness or injury. A previously set-up Lasting Power of Attorney... [read more...
Tom Sharkey joins Law Society mental capacity panel
Tom Sharkey, Partner and head of our Court of Protection team, has been named among the first 30 lawyers appointed to the Law Society’s Mental Capacity panel of experts. As an accredited mental capacity legal expert, Tom is recognised by the Law Society... [read more...
Power of Attorney or Deputyship – which is better?
Powers of Attorney have hit the news today after a retired Court of Protection judge said he would never make one.... [read more...
Leading judge slams mental health provision for teenagers
A top family law judge has described the ‘disgraceful and utterly shaming lack of proper provision in this country’ for teenagers with mental health needs.... [read more...
Using trusts to plan your legacy
Do I need a trust? It’s a question many people ask when they come to write their Will and plan their estate.... [read more...
Lasting Powers of Attorney aren’t just for the elderly
Whilst we all recognise the importance of writing our Will, fewer of us will be considering a Lasting Power of Attorney, or an LPA. This enables you to appoint someone to act on your behalf if you're physically or mentally incapable of making your own... [read more...
Becoming a dementia-friendly firm
We’re pleased to announce that Barcan+Kirby has taken the first steps towards becoming a dementia-friendly law firm. Anna Molter, of our Wills + trusts team, recently attended awareness training to become a ‘Dementia Friend’. The training looked at... [read more...
Firm makes eight internal promotions
We’re delighted to announce a number of internal promotions to Associate and Senior Associate level within the firm. Congratulations to Alex Castiglione, from our Commercial Property team, and to two members of our Residential Conveyancing team –... [read more...
Protecting your interests: Lasting power of attorney
Let's be honest; none of us want to think about a time when we can't make informed decisions ourselves. This change may happen suddenly - maybe as a result of an accident. Or more slowly, due to the onset of a condition such as Alzheimer’s or the... [read more...