Solicitor welcomes new ‘legal guardian’ plans

Simon Gledhill, Napthens

Simon Gledhill, Napthens

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A solicitor has welcomed the news that the Government is considering introducing a new type of legal guardian to allow people to take care of the property and affairs of a missing person.

Simon Gledhill, head of the Family team at Napthens solicitors, reports that the Ministry of Justice is consulting on plans to create the new role, which would allow a guardian, for instance, to suspend direct debits or make mortgage payments.

The plans, which are open to consultation until November 18, would enable an interested person – a friend or relative, for example – to apply to court after a person has been missing for at least 90 days.

Simon, pictured right, welcomed the move. He said: “When someone goes missing, their friends and families are subject to an enormous amount of emotional turmoil.

“It’s often rubbing salt in the wound when those left behind discover they have a complicated web of financial and property matters to attempt to unravel in the missing person’s absence.

“This move will make it easier for these practical considerations to be taken into account.”