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Prestigious appointment reflects lawyer’s wealth of experience

 

Article date:  04/06/2015

A leading Midlands lawyer has been has been appointed to a select national body which acts on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Nick Moxon, senior partner at Higgs & Sons Solicitors, has been appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian's new panel of deputies. The appointment is one of approximately 60 panel deputies covering the whole of England & Wales.

The role of a panel deputy is to act on behalf of someone who may lack mental capacity, supporting them to make decisions about personal affairs including property and financial matters. The prestigious appointment recognises Nick's specialist knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and his wealth of experience in this complex area of law.

"If an individual is no longer mentally capable of dealing with their own affairs and has not appointed someone to look after their affairs under an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney, then an application to the Court of Protection will be needed to appoint someone who can." explains Nick who heads Higgs & Sons' private client team.

"Even where someone has appointed someone to look after their affairs by way of an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney an application to court may still need to be made, for example to obtain the consent of the court to carry out acts which do not fall within the remit of the authority granted by the Power of Attorney.

"As a panel deputy the most important aspect of my role is to always act in the best interests of the individual and where possible consult with the family.  It is not always possible to agree with all the family especially if their views are at odds. When this happens the panel deputy's role always returns to what is best for the individual."

An Office of the Public Guardian panel deputy acts for people when no one else is willing or able to act as deputy for a person who lacks mental capacity. People may lack mental capacity because, for example:

  • they've had a serious brain injury or illness;
  • they have dementia; or
  • they have severe learning disabilities.

The appointment of Nick Moxon reflects the wealth of experience and expertise that Higgs & Sons has demonstrated over many years in acting for vulnerable individuals in Court of Protection matters where a prompt and sensitive approach is essential.

"Many of the individuals we help are either recipients of compensation awards after serious injury, or elderly clients suffering from dementia or a similar condition," continues Nick.  

"Dealing with the complex systems of the Court of Protection or the Office of the Public Guardian can be confusing and potentially overwhelming for such individuals. The role of a deputy is vital in ensuring the most vulnerable are protected and receive appropriate support with regard to addressing fundamental personal matters.

"This will be an extremely demanding role, but it is a privilege to have been selected to support those whose ability to support themselves in this way has become limited.  

"I am extremely proud to have been appointed to this position and am looking forward to taking up my role with the Office of the Public Guardian from the beginning of this month," concludes Nick. 

Based in the heart of the Black Country but able to operate nationally, Nick Moxon's Court of Protection team provides a highly personalised, quality service in this complex area of law.

If you would like further information about Court of Protection matters please contact Nick Moxon on 01384 327220 or via nick.moxon@higgsandsons.co.uk

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