A Day In The Life of.......
  • 10th Jan 2019
  • Article written by Elyse Palmer
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Summarise what your job is?

My role in the firm is Court of Protection Assistant and I mainly work on Deputyship matters.

As well as being our Managing Director, Stephen Beck is also a professional Deputy. A Deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection when a person is deemed to lack the mental capacity needed to deal with their own finances. The most common circumstances where Stephen is appointed are when clients are living with: dementia, a brain injury or learning difficulties. The role of the Deputy is to deal with the clients' finances on their behalf and to make decisions they are no longer able to make for themselves. This is where I come in. My role is to look after the running of our Deputyship client’s finances on a day to day basis. The work involved varies from client to client but usually covers dealing with pensions, properties and investments.

How do you get ready to start your day?

Tea. Early starts mean tea is a necessity. I take the dog for her morning walk before heading to the office; during my journey I tend to listen to Radio 1 as it makes the inevitable traffic jam more bearable. Once I arrive at the office I organise what I need to complete that day and make another cup of tea before tackling the first task.

What is your favourite part of the job?

I enjoy that my role involves a lot of contact with a variety of people. I have regular interactions with family members, carers and where possible the client directly.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Deputy reports. Deputies are supervised by the Office of the Public Guardian and each year they are required to complete a report. The report needs to document every payment made and received in that year. Luckily, they all have different deadlines! The reports can be daunting if you’ve never completed one before, but once you get started they become more time consuming than difficult.

How do you relax when you finish work?

Like most people I tend to have a busy social life with friends and family. I also head to the gym on most days to make up for the amount of cake consumed in the office! Finally, I have recently started learning to glide and I hope to complete my first solo flight in the summer.