Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are documents which allow you to appoint a person(s) to act on your behalf if you no longer have the mental capacity to make decisions yourself. There are two different types; one covers property and finances and the other health and welfare. We can advise you on your need for such documents, draft them and register them with the Office of Public Guardian.
If a loved one loses capacity before making an LPA, you will need to apply to the Court of Protection to become their Deputy. This is a daunting, lengthy process with a lot of paperwork to complete. At Prettys in Chelmsford and Ipswich, we have an experienced Court of Protection lawyer team and our family lawyers are able to guide you through all aspects of this work, including contested applications.
We are also able to assist you when matters do not go to plan. We have experience in the removal of Attorneys and Deputies and the recovery of misappropriated assets.
"Some of my clients are nervous and inexperienced in technical matters, but I have never had reservations in referring them on to the estates team at Prettys. Zoe Hodge and Richard Guy have made my clients feel at ease and discussed Powers of Attorneys to whatever level of expertise the individual clients have wanted. It is this close attention to each client's wants and needs that makes them the local firm I feel most comfortable working with." - Gary Moody, Independent Financial Adviser, Carter Dawes IFA Solutions Ltd
Partner and Head of Estates
t 01473 298304
t 01473 298364
"friendly, personable and empathetic"
Legal 500 2016
Zöe is a Partner in the Estate Planning department and has over ten years’ experience in Wills, Estates, Tax and Trusts having trained at a local firm. She joined Prettys in October 2007 and was promoted to Partner in May 2013 and is Head of the Estate Planning department.
Zöe advises on all aspects of private client work including Wills, probate, the administration of insolvent estates, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications, care fee planning advice, inheritance tax planning, trusts and contentious probate matters.
Zöe is a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) following her successful completion of a post-graduate diploma. STEP is the leading professional body for trust and estate practitioners worldwide and full members are considered the most experiences and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates.
Zöe’s recent instructions include:
Partner, Head of Dispute resolution
t 01473 298206
m 07979 498818
"Head of dispute resolution Peter Blake ‘measures up to London lawyers’"
Legal 500 2016
Peter joined Prettys in 1987, becoming a partner in 1991. He is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer, who has helped clients resolve disputes in a variety of fora, including the courts, arbitration and international dispute resolution.
Peter has acted for clients involved in a variety of industries both nationally and internationally. Peter's most recent experience is in construction/property related disputes, alternative dispute resolution (including international arbitration) and cases with an international element.
Peter’s recent work includes:
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