Craig Ward is a Solicitor and Author of Lasting Powers of Attorney: A Practical Guide (2nd Edition) (The Law Society).





He is a Trainer and a CEDR Accredited Mediator specialising in civil law and vulnerable adults.


Craig is a member of


  1. Solicitors For the Elderly


  1. The British Psychological Society


He has a psychology degree and conducts legal research.

Consultancy

Consultant Solicitor

Elderly Care law

Community Care law

Mental Incapacity law

Court of Protection litigation and applications

Wills and Probate

Statutory Will Applications

Deputyship Applications

Drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney

Contracts and Trusts


Mediations

Contentious probate

General civil disputes

Commercial liquidations

Commercial contractual negotiations

Vulnerable adults and their care

Social services and carers disputes

Disputes between relatives of vulnerable adults

Regulation audits

Workplace disputes

Employment contracts


Legal Research

Mediation at the Court of Protection

Research in 2009 examined if mediation would be suitable at the Court of Protection. 74 solicitors and 26 non-solicitors were asked their views. The overall conclusions were, mediation was suitable at the court of protection, being likely to be of benefit to elderly clients and less stressful.


See 11.3 Lasting Powers of Attorney: A Practical Guide (2nd Edition) 2011, The Law Society


Should Solicitors be Assessing Capacity

In 2011, 100 solicitors where asked:

  1. Is a difference between mental capacity and testamentary capacity?

  2. Do you think solicitors should be assessing a client’s capacity to sign a document?

  3. Do you think solicitors should receive training in making capacity assessments on their LPC?

The survey showed the majority of the respondents favoured solicitors making capacity assessments. With the majority of respondents are already working within the parameters of the SRA regulations and making appropriate GP referrals.


See Can Practitioners spot a Client who lacks Capacity? Private Client Adviser December 2011/January 2012 (Vol 17:2)


Publications include

  1. Lasting Powers of Attorney: A Practical Guide (2nd Edition) 2011, The Law Society

  2. Managing a Resident Transfer, Caring Times February 2012

  3. Can Practitioners spot a Client who lacks Capacity? Private Client Adviser December 2011/January 2012 (Vol 17:2).

  4. Opportunities Legal Update weekly publication (from October 2009 to August 2011).

  5. Restraint or Deprivation of Liberty in Disguise? Elderly Client Adviser March/April 2009 (Vol 14:3).

  6. Lasting Powers of Attorney: A Practical Guide 2008, The Law Society

Craig Ward

Solicitor
Author
Trainer
Mediator
Researcher

Craig Ward provides consultancy in the following areas

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