Applications to the Court of Protection and other matters relating to the management of the property and financial affairs of mentally incapacitated persons.
Frances joined the Court of Protection team at Clarke Willmott in October 2016. She is experienced in making applications to the Court of Protection in respect of property and financial affairs matters, including to appoint a deputy or deputies, applying for authority to sell property, to appoint a trustee or trustees to facilitate the sale or other dealings with the property on behalf of an incapable person, applications for authority to deal with property in foreign jurisdictions, applications for authority to extract a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration and Statutory Will applications. This has also included managing matters relating to Office of the Public Guardian panel deputy appointment process and cases where attorneys or deputies have been removed by the Court of Protection.
Frances is experienced at working with appointed deputies in the management of the affairs of the person they have been appointed as deputy for, including annual Office of the Public Guardian reports, the sale of property, liaising with banks and other financial institutions, liaising with care providers, social services and family members in the best interests of the Patient. She has developed a good working knowledge of the law relating to mental capacity, funding arrangements for elderly clients with care needs (s117, CHC, Local Authority funding, grants and benefits), the Deprivation of Liberty application processes and adult social care processes.
Frances is an Associate Member of CILEX holding the Cilex Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice with Distinction. She is working towards the Level 6 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice having gained a Distinction in the Level 6 modules of The Law of Wills and Succession, Probate Practice, Land Law and Client Care.
Frances holds an Master of Letters degree (MLitt) with Distinction in Celtic Studies and a First Class Honours Master of Arts degree (MA) in History the from the University of Glasgow.