Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship

  • Lasting Powers of Attorney

    A Lasting Powers of Attorney is a tool which enables you to make provision for yourself in the future, should you be unable to make personal decisions due to infirmity or mental incapacity. We are able to prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney so a trusted person may deal with your property and affairs and/or your personal welfare. If you do not have a person who you would trust to take on such responsibility, our Partners are able to be appointed to act as your Attorneys, subject to your instructions. We would then assist in managing your finances including payment of bills, housing costs and other expenses.

    If you have been appointed to act as an Attorney for someone else, we provide advice on the role and function of an Attorney, and in respect of common issues that arise, such as gift giving or disputes between Attorneys.

    Enduring Powers of Attorney

    Enduring Powers of Attorney are the previous format of Lasting Powers of Attorney. If you already have an Enduring Power of Attorney, we can provide advice on the terms of that document. If you have been appointed as Attorney under an Enduring Power of Attorney, we can assist in the registration, or application, of the power.

    Deputyship

    If you or a relative become incapable of managing your affairs, and there is no Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney in place, we can assist with applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy to manage your affairs, our Partners can even act as a Deputy. If you are appointed to act as Deputy for someone, we provide advice on the role and function of a Deputy, and assist to prepare the annual report.

  • Our Specialists

    Our legal teams have a genuine passion for what they do. Their specialist knowledge is an absolute given (you should accept nothing less) and they pride themselves in working alongside clients to help them achieve the results they seek in their professional and personal lives.

    If you have any questions get in touch

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    Dhruva qualified in November 2010 and has 8 years of post qualification experience, 4 years of employment law as well as Private Client.

    Dhruva is based in our Sevenoaks office and specialises in Private Client law including matters relating to the needs of older clients and life time planning. Since she qualified in 2010, she has gained a wealth of experience dealing with a variety of matters ranging in value and scale. She now regularly deals with high net worth clients and their Estates as well as assisting clients to manage their finances and personal welfare during their lifetime.

    Dhruva is keen on promoting the importance of planning for your future by presenting and giving talks to the local community, those affected by Dementia and their family members. She aims to build lasting legal relationships with her clients and is happy to tailor her service to the needs of her clients.

  • Expertise

    • Powers of Attorney
    • Deputyships
    • Wills & Estate Planning
    • Estate Administration
    • Trusts

    What clients say

    "I will certainly come to you in the future for legal assistance" “I am most grateful to Mrs Patel for all her help” “Very understanding” “Excellent service” “I am happy with all the help I have been given by Dhruva and her team” “Very good service” “Friendly and efficient service” “Very happy with the service, Dhruva and Jackie, her secretary, were extremely helpful and friendly” “Very friendly, professional, understanding and efficient” “I found Mrs Patel, her secretary and other staff very efficient”

    Other

    Dhruva enjoys getting out and about with her husband and daughter on the weekends, visiting her family in the USA whenever she can and watching movies or box sets on rainy days!

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    Iain is the Partner in charge of our Paddock Wood office. There he heads up the Private Client team specialising in Probate matters, Wills, Trusts and Vulnerable Client issues as well as conducting some residential conveyancing. He is the Honorary Secretary of the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & District Law Society and is a member of the Paddock Wood Business Association.

    Iain is a Member of the LLP, a solicitor and Higher Court Advocate. He qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in 1982 and in England and Wales in 1988. Iain was a litigator at Berry & Berry from 1987 to 2014 when he joined the Private Client Department.

  • Expertise

    Iain qualified in Northern Ireland in 1982 and in England in 1988. After joining the firm in 1987 he ran our Criminal Department for many years before spending time in the Property Department and then migrating to the Private Client Department. He still holds his Higher Court rights of audience and has appeared in the Court of Appeal.

    What clients say

    “Thanks for being so good throughout this conveyancing process; it is very refreshing to find a solicitor that doesn’t even need chasing.” “I will most certainly be recommending you guys to friends, family and business colleagues.” “Thank you for dealing with my matters so swiftly and professionally.” “Thank you for guiding me through the process of making a new Will, for your kindness, patience and understanding.”

    Other

    A committed family man, Iain likes nothing more than spending time with his wife and children and, of course, being walked by his Siberian Husky, Denzel.

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    Having practiced as a Private Client Lawyer for 30 years, and having been our Managing Partner, Nigel retired from the LLP in March of this year. He is now working one day a week assisting the Private Client Team with Probate and Trust matters.

    A member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Nigel is also a member of the Federation of Small Businesses, a member and past President of the Southborough and Pembury Satellite Club of Tunbridge Wells Rotary, Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Age UK and a Past President of the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and District Law Society. Recently he has become a Governor of Tonbridge Grammar School and of the Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.

  • Other

    Nigel is a keen gardener, member of a local walking group, sang for 10 years with a choir in Sevenoaks and a lover of classical music. He also enjoys reading, especially political biographies and autobiographies.

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    Anthony has been a solicitor for nearly 30 years having qualified as a solicitor in 1987. He joined the firm’s Private Client team in 2011 and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He is very experienced in Probate, Wills and Trusts.

     

  • Expertise

    • Administration of Estates/Probate
    • Wills (UK and non-UK testators)
    • Trusts

    What clients say

    “Thank you for taking the time to explain everything so fully when we met. It made our decisions easy to make.” “Thank you for your patience and understanding with all of this! I appreciate all of your help with settling my grandmother’s affairs.” “It is not often one can say that there is great pleasure paying bills but enclosing this cheque does give it to me. Thank you very much for obtaining such a great outcome.” “I’m convinced I would never have got the tax back from HMRC without you.” “You are worth every penny.” "Excellent service by all concerned. Prompt replies and easy to understand" "Nice, friendly and helpful staff and atmosphere. Rates charged competitive too."

    Other

    Anthony enjoys reading, trying to tame his garden and learning (slowly) to cook.

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    Dianne has been a member of our Dispute Resolution team for over 15 years. She qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2000, obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with distinction in 2002 and qualified as a solicitor the same year.

    Dianne has significant experience of dealing with personal injury claims and is a member of APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers).  She also advises on employment law, contract and consumer law and general dispute resolution.

     

     

  • Expertise

     

    • Employment law
    • Contract and consumer law
    • General dispute resolution/litigation
    • Neighbour disputes
    • Debt recovery

    What clients say

    “Like most people I expected to have very few dealings with Solicitors in my life time so when it was necessary to find one who was willing to deal with such a traumatic event in my life I did not know what to expect.  However, your professionalism encouraged me and my wife to see it through to the end.  Your calm and informative updates and guidance throughout are much appreciated.” “May I take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the whole family for your support, understanding and, in our opinion, total professionalism in dealing with what we regard as a very traumatic and tragic event.” “I wish to record my total satisfaction with the way in which this matter has been dealt with. Thank you very much indeed.” “This is just a short letter to express my sincere thanks for all the work you have done for me over the past 10 months, I think your professional attitude towards your work is a credit to you and I wish you all the best for the future. I would also like to say I would recommend your services to all who might come under the same situation as I did”. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your professional advice and excellent way in which you painlessly addressed the issues in hand, creating a positive outcome for myself”.

    Other

    Outside of work Dianne’s interests include cycling, swimming, camping, cooking, listening to music, spending time with her family and holidaying in new places.

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    Lisa qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and joined the firm’s Private Client team in July 2012 having worked previously for large city firms, a small niche private client firm and a local authority. She was also the external examiner for the property head of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT). Lisa deals with all types of Private Client matters.

    Lisa has  7 ½ years private client experience, 5 years as a commercial property lawyer between 1994-1999 and 6 years as examiner for QLTT covering property , wills and estate administration

  • Expertise

    • Wills
    • Estate administration
    • Trusts
    • Lasting Powers of Attorney

    What clients say

    "Friendly, approachable staff throughout making the whole process enjoyable. Thank you"

    Other

    Lisa enjoys the theatre, gardening and meeting up with friends. Family life occupies most of her free time.

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    Richard was admitted in 2010. Richard is duty qualified and has broad experience in criminal law & white collar crime, general corporate, international and cross-border work (UK, Russia and South Africa). He has strong analytical and problem solving skills, is experienced in reviewing large volumes of documents in the course of criminal investigation and trial preparation as well as for due diligence and litigation in commercial matters.

    Richard is a Duty Solicitor and Crime Supervisor with experience managing all aspects of practice including governance and compliance. He is a member of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, The Club Taurino of London and the Latin Mass Society.

    He has sound practical knowledge of criminal practice and customer-facing regulated activities and an appreciation of the regulatory environment.

     

  • What clients say

    "The advice, information you receive are second to none. Keeps you informed of everything you need to know."

    Other

    Richard has recently joined the To-Ken Society of Great Britain (The To-Ken society of Great Britain is an organisation dedicated to the study and preservation of Japanese swords, fittings and armour) and the Kent Wildfowling and Conservation Association (Wildfowling and shooting).

    He has a “lovely wife and two beautiful young daughters” and went to Pretoria Boys’ High School (Solomon House).