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We recently attended the North of England Deputyship Development Day at the Hilton Hotel in York, which was organised by Finders International Probate Genealogists (“Finders”) and this was their third development, which was a free event for the Public Sector and Solicitors.

The event is aimed at Deputyship Teams in the public sector, allowing teams from Councils to get together to discuss their different working processes; listen to speakers on varied topics from hording and financial; to hearing from a Panel Deputy from the Private Sector.

Ramsdens were invited to attend the event and our very own Veronica Mullins spoke at the event in her capacity as a Panel Deputy and was able to share her own experiences with the local authority Deputyship Teams and to answer any questions that the Councils may have had. Veronica was able to provide a different view from the Private Sector and the differences that there are and the potentially avenues open to the public sector that the Councils may not have thought of, or, believed that they were not able to use.

There were other speakers at the event, including one on self-neglect/hoarding and the other on Financial Management. Finders also spoke at the event to highlight their services that they could offer to the local Councils and the Private Sector, in order to locate family members of the individuals whose finances were being looked after by the Deputies or indeed following a death.

The event was extremely well received even though the weather had other ideas.

Michael Robinson a solicitor in the Private Client Department at Ramsdens Solicitors commented "The event was well received from the delegates after battling through the snow to attend the event in York. The speakers were excellent and gave the delegates a good range of topics, which were well received. We will certainly be attending the next deputyship development day organised by Finders as it is a great opportunity to meet local authorities to share best practice and experiences.”