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, Associate Solicitor 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.
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. She 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 in on going cases.
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.
The team 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.
60-66 North Hill
About Sam Buckthought
Samantha Buckthought who is a Partner of the firm and the Head of the Department, is one of only 68 Deputies appointed nationwide by the Court of Protection on to their Panel. This means that she is a recognised specialist in her field, able to offer a skilled service to Court of Protection clients and she will be appointed as a Deputy in cases where there is no other member able to act.
“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 disorders or learning difficulties. My role is to help protect them-sometimes from third parties, relatives or even themselves. The work that I do extremely varied and covers all age groups but is extremely rewarding. I often have a long term relationship 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 they work I do, I am a member of the Law Society Private Client Section and member of the Institute of Legacy Management.”
She also has a background in litigation meaning that she is uniquely placed to understand the complexities of high value personal injury and clinical negligence cases and the individual issues that these can bring.