Many of the team are members of the “Solicitors for the Elderly” organisation (‘SFE’). SFE is a national organisation of lawyers committed to providing and promoting high quality legal services for older people, their family and carers. SFE members must have proven experience and follow a Code of Practice, designed to ensure clear and straightforward advice is given and that the client’s interests are safeguarded at all times.
One of the Directors in the team, Stephen Beck, is an Approved Panel Deputy appointed by the Office of the Public Guardian evidencing his expertise in this highly specialised area of work. The Court of Protection chooses deputies from the Panel Deputy list when no one else is willing or able to act as a Deputy for someone who lacks mental capacity.
We understand that many conditions can lead to confusion and nervousness in unfamiliar locations and our team are happy to visit clients in their home or at hospital if required.
Dementia is one of many reasons why someone might become unable to make decisions about financial assets or physical wellbeing. Whitehead Monckton has been recognised as a ‘Working to Become Dementia Friendly Kent’ organisation since 2018. Dementia is a progressive illness and therefore we recommend anyone with symptoms or a diagnosis of dementia to review their legal affairs, in particular wills and lasting powers of attorney, as soon as possible. In order to execute new legal documents, certain legal capacity tests must be met and a person living with dementia may or may not be able to satisfy these requirements. Having taken the time to increase their understanding of dementia, our lawyers understand that each individual has their own dementia journey and take the time, often in conjunction with a medical professional specialising in capacity, to consider each individual’s capacity and support those living with dementia with their legal affairs. If the legal capacity tests cannot be met, we can support loved ones through the process of a Court of Protection application.