Seeing the health and mental capacity of a loved one deteriorate whether as a result of old age, illness or personal injury can be distressing to witness, and consequently they may become unable to make important decisions regarding aspects of their life.

By becoming a deputy for your loved one, you are able to make those decisions on their behalf and ensure that their interests remain protected.

With some forward planning and preparation an individual can make a Lasting Power of Attorney, assigning a trusted family member or friend to act as their attorney and make arrangements for them in the event that they lack capacity. If there is no Lasting Power of Attorney in place, an application would have to be made to the Court of Protection to appoint a deputy to make decisions for someone who lacks mental capacity.

As a deputy you can make decisions about the management of a person’s property and financial affairs and sometimes in more specific circumstances, health and welfare. This includes acting in the best interests of the person who lacks capacity and recording all money spent and received on their behalf.

At Rotheras our private client team have considerable experience in assisting clients with Deputyship and Court of Protection applications. We understand how complex and lengthy the process of making an application can be, and we will be there to advise and guide you through each step.

Why use Rotheras for Deputyship and Court of Protection?

We have significant experience in acting for a wide range of matters, from straightforward cases to more complex matters.

We can advise you on the duties and responsibilities of being a deputy and support you in managing the affairs of your loved one.

We can assist with making an application to the Court of Protection for deputyship.

We can act as a professional deputy in situations where no family member wants to take on the role or there is no one suitable to act as deputy.

We work in partnership with Derbyshire Carers Association and Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire as well as a number of other Charitable organisations to offer free legal advice to carers, including guidance relating to deputyship.

Where lack of capacity is due to a personal injury, we can draw on the experience of our personal injury team to provide you with expert advice and support.

We have significant experience of dealing with Court of Protection applications in the Supreme Court.

We will work with you to discuss your or your loved one’s circumstances so we have a greater understanding of your or their needs.

We can also provide support and assistance relating to applying for authority to make a statutory will, the sale, purchase or adaptation of a property and applying for authority for gift or tax planning purposes.

We will advise and support you from start to finish and keep you updated on progress at all times.

We can help you with:

  • Court of Protection applications
  • Deputyship advice
  • Deputyship disputes
  • Statutory wills
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Jayne Smith


Jayne Smith leads the wills and probate department at Nottingham based Rotheras Solicitors and is currently based in our Wollaton office.

Jeremy Allen


Jeremy Allen is a Wills, Probate and Trusts specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and is based at our Lace Market offices in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.

Karen Hayward


Karen Hayward is a wills, probate and trusts specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and currently operates in our Beeston office.

Charles George


Charles George has over 15 years’ experience as a contentious probate solicitor and he has also been responsible for risk and compliance at the firm for many years. Charles is currently based in our head office in the Lace Market

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Duncan Godfrey


Duncan Godfrey is a Probate, Trusts and Residential Conveyancing Solicitor at Nottingham based Rotheras Solicitors and is located at our offices in the Lace Market and Burton Joyce.

Petra Lewis-Feast

Associate Solicitor

Petra Lewis-Feast is a senior lawyer within the wills and probate team. She has worked as a private client specialist since she qualified in 1993. Petra is currently based in our head office in the Lace Market

Rebecca Green

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Rebecca Green is an Associate Chartered Legal Executive in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and specialises in will drafting, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney and court of protection applications. Rebecca is currently based in our Long Eaton office.

Sarah Soo

Associate Solicitor

Sarah Soo is a Wills and Probate specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and has specialised in private client work since she began her career. Sarah is currently based in our Wollaton office

Eleanor Robinson

Associate Solicitor

Eleanor Robinson is a Wills, Probate and Trusts specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and is based at our West Bridgford office.

Adam Cotterill


Adam’s expertise covers a wide range of services including drafting Wills, preparing Power of Attorney documents, Probate and Court of Protections applications.

James Briggs


James Briggs is a private client solicitor at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Alison Richardson

Legal Executive

Alison Richardson is a member of the family team and wills, trust & probate team based at our Mapperley office.

Christina Peck

Trainee Solicitor

Christina Peck is a trainee solicitor within Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at the firm’s Beeston office.

Anna Guy


Anna Guy has over 10 years’ experience of working in law firms, and 7 years’ experience of dealing with Wills and Probate matters.

Brett James


Brett James is a Conveyancing and Wills and Probate Paralegal at Rotheras Solicitors and is based at our Lace Market office.

Michelle Kingston


Michelle Kingston is a Paralegal in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at our Long Eaton office

Sharon Fleckney


Sharon Fleckney is a Paralegal in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at the firm’s Lace Market Office.

Sue Radford


Sue Radford is a Paralegal in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at the firm’s Beeston Office.


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