The recent case of, Carleen Wilkins, a care home manager, who stole over £90,000.00 from a vulnerable resident, highlights the need for everyone to consider the management of their financial affairs when they are unable to look after them themselves, most importantly ensuring the right person is appointed and able to act when needed.
Carleen Wilkins, was jailed for 31 months after admitting theft at Birmingham Crown Court. A total of £98,730 was stolen from the 97-year-old resident over 40 months. The victim lived at the home from the summer of 2012 until February 2016, during which time Wilkins had full control of her accounts and withdrew hundreds of pounds each day.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said her actions “breached fundamental tenets of the nursing profession” and consequently struck her off. She formed a close bond with the victim, who allowed Wilkins to control her finances due to a “mistrust of her immediate family and banks,” the NMC report said.
Sadly this case is not in isolation but there is a simple solution. Enoch Evans LLP has a dedicated Administration of Financial Affairs Team who are able to provide case specific advice to individuals wishing to make provision for their future needs, as well as advising families or friends of vulnerable individuals looking for the right solution for their loved one.
We are able to give advice and assist with the making of Lasting Powers of Attorneys, Court of Protection Applications as well as acting as Professional Attorneys and Deputies when required.