Thanks for your enquiry.
I am afraid that what you have been told is quite correct.
If a party loses mental capacity, the only way any Property transfer/sale can be dealt with is if his next of kin applies to be their Deputy. This application is very long winded, and normally takes 4-6 months. Once the Deputy has been appointed, a separate application needs to be made to the Court for consent to deal with the party's affairs (in this case the Sale of half the Freehold). Once this Court Order has been made, the Deputy will then be free to sign the necessary Transfer document, transferring the share of the Freehold to you. Your Solicitor will need to register this Transfer at the Land Registry and also needs to be happy that a Court Order is in place before doing so.
I would hope that the above could all be dealt with within 6 months, but it really depends on the Court of Protection, who are not the quickest to deal with!
I am sorry this is not the answer you were looking for, but it sets out the legal position.
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