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The Court of Protection is a specialist Court to protect and support vulnerable people who are unable to make decisions regarding their finances or health and welfare as they do not have the mental capacity to make those decisions. In such cases a Deputy is appointed to make those decisions or support the person to make the decision.

 

Experienced, dedicated Court of Protection team

The team is highly experienced and advises on everything from one-off property and affairs matters to managing a compensation award in the best interests of a client. The team works with families and other professionals including Case Managers, Accountants, Independent Financial Advisers and Architects to provide a ‘joined up’ approach for clients.

We understand that each family has different needs and we offer an individual and caring service.

Ruth Meyer

Partner

Meet the team

The team is highly experienced and advises on everything from one-off property and affairs matters to managing a compensation award in the best interests of a client. The team works with families and other professionals including Case Managers, Accountants, Independent Financial Advisers and Architects to provide a ‘joined up’ approach for clients.

We understand that each family has different needs and we offer an individual and caring service.

How our solicitors can help you

Nationally recognised team

Our Court of Protection service is led by Ruth Meyer who acts as a professional Deputy. A professional Deputy is usually appointed in matters involving injuries which lead to claims of compensation and also where there are no family or friends who can take on this responsibility. 

Our work usually, but not exclusively covers:

In addition, Ruth acts as a professional Trustee in compensation claims where a person has sustained a physical disability but has retained mental capacity. These are known as Personal Injury Trusts. Such Trusts work in the same way as a deputyship except Trusteeships will cover those who retain mental capacity to make decisions and Deputyships will cover those who are unable to retain mental capacity to make decisions. Either way, the work is very similar and each client receives a high level of service bespoke to their needs. 

Ruth is highly experienced in acting as a Deputy or Trustee as a result of catastrophic claims but equally, the team can act for those with age-related illnesses. 

When acting for family members as a Deputy (known as a “lay Deputy”), we can provide as much or as little support as required.  Quite often we are asked to prepare the application for Deputyship, but sometimes we are only asked to complete annual accounts each year. 

We act for clients all over the country from Cornwall to Yorkshire and if appointed as a professional Deputy, will visit clients at their home address where they may feel more comfortable. 

Our professional connections with Case Managers, care agencies, therapists, bankers, fund managers and accountants are far-reaching so that we can provide a holistic and supportive service.  

The team has considerable experience of Deputyship and Personal Injury Trusts and Ruth has a national reputation for her work in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession:

“Ruth Meyer is known for being ‘phenomenally adaptable and astonishingly hard working. Her knowledge is also excellent’. Her specialisms lie in establishing and managing Personal Injury Trusts and in acting as deputy through the Court of Protection”

And in The Legal 500: 

“Boyes Turner has “an extremely client-focused, efficient and well-organised team” under the leadership of Ruth Meyer who is “sensible, personable and supportive” and is a “leading light for Court of Protection work”

Lay deputy advice - free consultation

We offer a free half hour consultation on all financial matters in respect of Court of Protection issues. 

We offer advice and assistance for lay deputies on:

  • One-off applications to the Court for care allowances, holiday homes, gifts and tax planning
  • Statutory wills – Wills approved by the Court of Protection for a person lacking capacity
  • Employment advice issues
  • Completion of Deputyship accounts
  • Appointment or change of Deputy
  • Adapting properties for the disabled and managing the accommodation budgets

    Previous cases

    Awards & Accreditations

    Our teams have been nationally recognised over the past decade for their dedication and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients

    What our clients say

    Our clients constantly recognize us as the most experienced, professional, efficient and supportive

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    "The biggest thank you "

    Just would like to say the biggest thank you to you and Mary, Alexander, Charlotte, Georgie and the rest of the team who helped purchase the house for us! It is our dream house and the little one was so excited yesterday when I told her that we have now got the keys, and she cannot wait until Saturday when we finally move in. She loves the space there and was running around everywhere last night, and loves the fact that we can feed a mum fox and her two Cubs every night. So thankyou !! We really appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.

    Boyes Turner client

    "Knowledgeable, organised, responsive, diligent, empathetic and human"

    I deal with many legal firms during the course of my work and have found the Court of Protection team at Boyes Turner to be, 'simply the best'. Anne Pearson is the most consistently proficient and pleasant professional to work in partnership with. A clear focus of keeping the client at the centre of the work is always evident. I could not recommend her expertise and attitude more highly.

    Heather Miller, Independant Case Management

    "Beyond the call of duty "

    It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with Anne Pearson, Senior Manager in Boyes Turner Solicitors’ Court of Protection team because she goes far beyond the call of duty to ensure that her vulnerable clients and their families are supported in the most difficult and distressing circumstances. Her professionalism is matched by her sincere care for her clients. Families facing the daunting process of applying to the Court of Protection to obtain Deputyship for a relative who has lost mental capacity could not receive better advice and support. 

    Alison Hesketh, TimeFinders

    "Professional and efficient"

    Everything was handled in a friendly and sympathetic, but also professional and efficient, manner. 

    Irene Dowdall

    "Thank you for a great result"

    On behalf of my myself and my family, I would like to thank you for keeping us informed through every stage, and negotiating a great result. 

    Boyes Turner client