Lawyer named to national panel

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Richard Pollock of Coodes Solicitors has been appointed to a Government panel of legal experts, which supports people who are unable to make their own decisions on legal and financial matters.

Richard Pollock
Richard Pollock

Pollock is the only one of 68 members of the Office of the Public Guardian’s newly-revised Panel of Deputies who is based in Cornwall.

Panel Deputies are called in when someone is unable to make their own important financial or legal decisions, for example as a result of having dementia or a learning disability.

If a family member is not able to make important financial decisions on their behalf, then the Court of Protection will nominate their local Panel Deputy to give legal support.

Pollock joined Coodes ten years ago and heads the firm’s wills, probate, trust and court of protection team.

He said: “I am delighted that Cornwall is now represented on this important national panel and that local people have someone in the county who can assist and protect them in what can be very difficult situations.”