Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators closes down as of November 1st

The partners of Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators at Amsterdam and The Hague have by mutual agreement decided to end their collaboration.

Emma Kostense will continue her current practice at the law firm SmeetsGijbels in (1071 KP) Amsterdam at the Jacob Obrechtstraat 70 (see www.smeetsgijbels.com).

Willem de Vries will continue his current practice at the law firm ScheerSanders Advocaten in (2585 ED) The Hague at the Nassauplein 36 (see www.scheersanders.nl).

Margreet Ruijgrok, Monique Beijersbergen, Coen van den End, Sabrina De Jong en Zoë Vis will launch a new law firm named Silk Advocaten en Mediators. Silk Advocaten en Mediators will be located at the current address in (1075 HJ) Amsterdam at De Lairessestraat 129 and in (2596 AL) The Hague at the Zuid Hollandlaan 7 (Spaces) (see www.silkadvocaten.nl).

Edith van Ruitenbeek will discontinue her law practice and will focus on other professional activities.

Raya Oranje-Jorna will launch a law firm in (2514 AB) The Hague at the Koninginnegracht 19, named Raya Jorna Advocaat en Mediator (see www.rayajorna.nl).

Guardianship, Financial Guardianship & Personal Guardianship

In our ageing society, more and more people are unable to take care of themselves. For example, because of an illness such as dementia. Certain people might abuse such a situation. Or someone may present a danger to themselves or to others. To prevent this and offer some protection, the courts may appoint someone to serve as advocate. This is often a trustworthy family member. Guardianship seeks to protect and represent an adult who, on account of a mental disability or some other reason is not (or no longer) sufficiently capable of looking after their own interests. This concerns the protection of both property rights and other interests, such as one's (mental) health. Financial guardianship, or a protective guardianship, is a measure which is much less far-reaching and seeks to safeguard the property interests of an adult. To protect an adult's interests in ways not relating to property, personal guardianship exists.

We often guide our clients through taking decisions in this field as well as conducting legal proceedings should an amicable solution prove impossible. Mediation is also an appropriate instrument to get all family members aligned.