Safeguarding Vulnerable People


Helping vulnerable people, whether that be family and/or friends, can be a very challenging and distressing time. It is very difficult to know what to do and where to look for help. We understand that managing this can be daunting and carries an unprecedented responsibility.

How we can help with safeguarding vulnerable people

Our team of experienced lawyers can help with the safeguarding of vulnerable people by advising on:

  • the creating or changing of wills and/or lasting powers of attorney;
  • financial planning for vulnerable people;
  • relations with the court of protection or the office of the public guardian;
  • relations with social services and care funding;
  • understanding the Mental Capacity Act 2005;
  • deputyship and relating issues;
  • arranging care;
  • protecting assets
  • paying for care; and
  • disputes relating to care.

How we’ve helped our clients

“Thank you for all your work, done with diligence, kindness and patience.”

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Chambers Legal Directory 2022

The lawyers at Paris Smith advise wealthy clients on a range of succession planning techniques including estate planning and trusts. The team also advises on tax planning.

Several sources praise the firm’s client service. One interviewee says: “They are very professional, the service feels very tailored and personal to clients.” Another source notes: “They are knowledgeable and responsive to client needs.

Legal 500 Directory 2022

Paris Smith LLP’s expertise in the trusts and estate planning sphere sees it acting for a broad client base throughout Southampton and Winchester, including farmers, property investors, and business owners with significant assets. Practice head Elizabeth Power is well-versed in Court of Protection matters, and leads a team dedicated to safeguarding the interests of vulnerable people, while Nick Turner handles a range of tax planning and asset structuring matters for elderly clients. Isabel Deverill and William Hadley jointly lead the Winchester office, concentrating on wills and agricultural relief matters respectively. Winchester-based Jason Oliver leads the contentious probate and trusts disputes team, and often acts on behalf of clients at the High Court. All named lawyers are based in Southampton unless noted otherwise.

Sources say:

  • “Having worked with some of them for a number of years, they have been able to deal with any problems, with a background knowledge of the matter”
  • “Although the firm has grown tremendously over the 50 years I have known them, they still make you feel important no matter how small the problem is on which you are seeking their advice”
  • “They have great teams in place. I would happily recommend the Trusts and Estate and matrimonial teams to others”
  • “I believe the team at Paris Smith are brilliant in the way they treat vulnerable clients and families with honest and trustworthy advice”

Introducing your key contact

Kelly Greig
Partner – Head of Tax & Estate Planning



Safeguarding Vulnerable People Resources

23rd July 2019

Decision Making For Vulnerable Young Adults


23rd July 2019

Decision Making For Vulnerable Young Adults

We are delighted to be sponsoring the app for the Knights Foundation’s Teddy Bear Appeal app; a project which will allow the conversion of a lodge at a beautiful location on the south coast of England overlooking the sea is to to a high specification so that disabled families can enjoy a holiday in exactly the same way as an able-bodied family.

Families with a vulnerable child will face many difficult decisions. In our latest podcast, we aim to offer bite size legal advice to help these families. Partner Elizabeth Power talks through what options are available with regards to decision making when these vulnerable children turn 18.

Show notes:
00:50 How does the role of a parent change when a vulnerable child turns 18?
02:00 Elizabeth talks about how frustrating it can be for parents to communicate with medical professionals once a vulnerable child turns 18
02:15 What happens when a professional assesses the young person? Elizabeth talks through using the example of getting consent for dental work
03:35 What decision making options are available for parents? Elizabeth talks through what the documentation all means
04:56 What are the key parts of the Mental Capacity Act, 2005 you should understand as parent? Elizabeth explains they key principles
05:50 Applying to the Court of Protection and Deputies – Elizabeth talks through how this process works and when this happens
08:22 Contact us for more information – how we can help in this difficult situation


10th July 2019

Do You Always Have To Sell The Family Home To Pay For Care Fees?


10th July 2019

Do You Always Have To Sell The Family Home To Pay For Care Fees?

It is often assumed that selling the family home is the only way to pay for care fees as this is often the biggest asset; however this is not always the case. Legal Assistant Ashleigh Bryant talks through the key legal principles you should be aware of if you are in this situation.

Show notes
00:40 Why it is important that you know the basic principles?
00:50 Ashleigh talks though Property Disregards and how these works
01:21 Ashleigh goes into more detail about 12 week Property Disregard
01:50 Ashleigh considers deprivation of assets – how does this work?
02:30 Summary and where to go if you have questions


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