Power of Attorney & Court of Protection

Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (`LPA`) is a legal document to appoint someone you trust to act as your attorney to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so yourself.

There are two different types:

  • A Property & Financial Affairs LPA to assist you with managing your property and financial matters.
  • A Health & Welfare LPA to allow your attorney to make decisions on your behalf in respect of your health and care.

We can discuss your particular requirements and arrange to register the LPA with the Office of the Public Guardian.

Appointments* can be offered at our Tamworth office, or at home for your convenience.

*During the COVID-19 restrictions, we can prepare your lasting power of attorney remotely and discuss by telephone or video conference and arrange for your lasting power of attorney to be completed while respecting the social distancing guidelines

Tony Illsley
Tony Illsley
Sarah Hassell
Sarah Hassall
Rebbeca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor

For more information, to arrange an appointment, or for a no-obligation telephone discussion please call: 01827 311411

Areas of specialism:

  • General powers of attorney
  • Lasting powers of attorney for finance & property
  • Lasting powers of attorney for health & welfare
  • Acting as certificate provider
  • Registration with the Office of the Public Guardian
  • Providing solicitor-certified copies of LPA
  • Registration of enduring powers of attorney

Court of Protection

The Court of Protection is a specialist court to help with decision making for people who are unable to make decisions for themselves.

An application to the Court of Protection maybe necessary to appoint a deputy to act for you.

Our specialist lawyers can provide advice on mental capacity issues and how to apply to the Court of Protection. We assist deputies with their management duties and obligations and complete annual accounts to the Public Guardian.

We can obtain orders to allow a deputy to manage bank accounts and arrange for the sale of property.

Tony Illsley

Partner and solicitor Tony Illsley acts as a court-appointed deputy if there is no family member or trusted friend to carry out this role.

For more information and to arrange an appointment, or for a no-obligation telephone discussion please call 01827 311411.

Areas of specialism:

  • Advising potential deputies
  • Applying to the Court of Protection
  • Obtaining supporting medical evidence of capacity
  • Obtaining deputyship orders
  • Online security bonding arrangements
  • Trusteeship orders
  • Annual accounts for Public Guardian
  • Statutory wills

Meet the Team

Rebbeca Taylor
Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEx)

Rebecca Taylor

Sarah Hassell
Senior Private Client Paralegal & HR Manager

Sarah Hassall

Emily Hawley
Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (ACILEx) and PA to Head of Department

Emily Hawley

Melanie Pearson
Support secretary

Melanie Pearson

Rebbeca Taylor

Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEx)

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca joined Rutherfords in 2018, as part of the expansion of our Private Client Department.

Rebecca has a wealth of experience working in Wills & Probate for over 11 years and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2015.

Rebecca deals with all aspects of Private Client work such as Wills and Powers of Attorney but specialises in Administration of Estates (including farming estates and BPR/APR tax relief), Inheritance tax planning, Probate (including Grants of Probate, full administration and letters of administration) as well as deeds of variation and trusts.

Rebecca also has extensive experience in dealing with transfers of property to beneficiaries and trustees.

Sarah Hassell

Senior Private Client Paralegal & HR Manager

Sarah Hassall

Sarah joined Rutherfords in 2014 and has over 15 years’ experience within the Private Client Sector.

Sarah is a qualified Paralegal and deals with all aspects of private client work but specialises in drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney and the elderly client arena. She also supervises the junior members of the private client team.

Sarah works alongside Partner, Tony Illsley, to assist with Business Development, and Pro Bono work for local charities like St Giles Hospice, Midlands Air Ambulance charity and the Birmingham Children’s hospital.

Sarah is also our HR Manager for the entire firm.

Emily Hawley

Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (ACILEx) and PA to Head of Department

Emily Hawley

Emily joined Rutherfords in 2016 and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Legal Executives (ACILEx) and PA to Partner, Tony Illsley.

Emily has a degree in Law and Criminology and has qualified as a Paralegal. As an Associate Member of the Institute Emily is currently studying to be a Chartered Legal Executive and specialise in private client work.

Melanie Pearson

Support secretary

Melanie Pearson

Melanie works as a support secretary for Sarah Hassall in the Private Client Department

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