After someone dies there is a strict order for dealing with their estate. It can take many months because in a lot of cases a grant of probate will be required before any money can be distributed to beneficiaries. Our information on grants of probate ...
We understand that local authorities have limited budgets to meet the needs of all service users who require deputyships or appointeeships. The local authority as a public authority cannot recover the full economic cost of managing a deputyship itself, even where the service user has substantial financial means. The net result is that a constrained budget has to meet all service users’ needs, with taxpayers funding those with and without means equally. That risks the eroding of the service for all.
As a firm of solicitors, Stephensons can recover economic costs of deputyship from the service users’ resources. But crucially our fees are assessed and approved by the Court of Protection, so service users are fully protected.
The local authority reputation risk of directing deputyships to Stephensons is managed by the high degree of regulation exercised by the Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian.
We recognise the necessity for the local authority to recover care fees. Therefore, consistent with best interest decisions, we liquidate assets such as residential properties, efficiently, to meet care home fees. This further relieves the pressure on stretched local authority budgets.