Veronica Male qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1999.
With a previous background of over 20 years in Personal Injury and Care Home Neglect and Abuse cases Veronica transferred into Private Client Law in 2017 specialising in Court of Protection work.
Veronica advises on applications for proposed Deputies, as well as appointed Deputies and Attorneys who need to apply for permission to the Court of Protection to act outside the scope of their appointment.
Veronica is an Associate Member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a member of the Chartered Legal Executives Private Client Specialist Reference Group.
Veronica is also a Dementia Champion. She was the past Chair of the Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance and continues to be involved in the Northamptonshire Dementia Action Forum. With a focus on the importance of local Health and Social Care services supporting the community, Veronica is part of the Northamptonshire Healthwatch Adult and Social Care Planning Group.
The areas of work Veronica specialises within private client law are;
- Health and Welfare Powers of Attorney
- Property and Finance Powers of Attorney
- Applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy
- Applications to the Court of Protection by Attorneys or Deputies
- Removal of an Attorney
Veronica feels it is important that when a loved one is not in a position to appoint an attorney to act for them then we can provide advice on the legal process to appoint an appropriate person to act on their behalf.
Veronica believes it is important for Attorneys and Deputies to know the duties of their appointment she says “Without proper advice, your Attorney or Deputy can act outside of the scope of their authority without realising it. I take the extra time to ensure that your Attorney or Deputy fully understands the obligations and requirements of the role they have undertaken.
I can be contacted by Attorneys who are considering letting a family member stay in the Donor’s empty property without paying market rent not realising this would be seen as a gift and therefore needs permission from the Court of Protection. Attorneys also don’t realise that undertaking building work on the donor’s property must be carefully considered and may require the Court’s permission in order for the cost of the work to be paid from the donor’s funds. Without the right advice about the procedure and their duties they risk being investigated by the Office of the Public Guardian, required to pay funds back and their appointment terminated.”
If you wish to discuss a course of action you wish to take as an Attorney or Deputy or would like to appoint an Attorney to act for you or you are seeking to be appointed as a Deputy for a family member please do not hesitate to contact Veronica on 01933 273234