60-66 North Hill
Areas of Expertise
|Financial Deputyships||Health & welfare deputyships||Expert witness statements (costs)||Local authority care services & funding|
|NHS care funding||SEN applications & appeals||Estate planning & trusts||Completion of tax returns for deputy clients|
|Court of Protection Panel of Deputies||STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)||Solicitors for the Elderly (team)|
Wolferstans Solicitors has a specialist Court of Protection Team which manages a large number of client’s financial affairs via Deputyship, Personal Injury Trust or Lasting Power of Attorney. Samantha Buckthought is the Senior Private Client Partner and a Panel Deputy and Sophie O’Connell, is an Associate Solicitor who leads the Court of Protection Team.
The team is very client focused and caring, being a large enough team to have a wealth of experience, but also able to provide a bespoke package to support each client with financial decisions and respond to their needs. The team has a lot of experience working on complex cases involving high value compensation and with a range of people such as families, case managers, therapists, social workers and financial advisers. The team is also experienced in making all types of applications to the Court of Protection and providing advice on care funding.
The Court of Protection Team works closely with the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Departments at Wolferstans but has the benefit of being a separate team focusing on the management of financial affairs and other Court of Protection matters. The team also benefits from being part of the Wills & Trusts Department at Wolferstans and can draw on the knowledge of the solicitors who specialise in drafting wills, trusts and administering estates, as well as other departments such as Family, Employment and Dispute Resolution.
Sophie O’Connell has a distinction in the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients which is one of the few courses tailored to deputyship work. She also manages a number of complex cases for adults and children with an acquired brain injury and builds long term relationships with clients and their families. Sophie also advises on care funding and prepares Personal Injury/Compensation Protection Trusts.
60-66 North Hill
About Sam Buckthought
Samantha Buckthought is a Panel Deputy which means that she is recognised as a specialist and has been appointed by the Office of the Public Guardian to their Panel when there is no-one willing or available to act the Court will choose a Deputy from the Panel.
“As a Panel Deputy for the Court of Protection I work with and for people who are vulnerable, whether through head or brain injury, dementia, mental health problems or learning disabilities. My role is to help them make decisions about their financial affairs and work with their wider support network. The work that I do is extremely varied and covers all age groups but is extremely rewarding. I often have long term relationships with individuals and families and it is really fulfilling to help them live as independently as possible whilst providing the protection they need. To support the work I do, I am a member of the Law Society Private Client Section and member of the Institute of Legacy Management.”
Samantha has a background in litigation, so she understands the complexities of personal injury and clinical negligence cases and is able to work closely with the Litigation Team on ongoing cases. Samantha is also an experienced private client solicitor specialising in high value estates and complex Wills and Trust work.