The Court of Protection has the power to make decisions in relation to the property and affairs and healthcare and personal welfare of adults (and children in some cases) who lack capacity.
The Court also has the power to make declarations about whether someone has the capacity to make a particular decision.
If an individual becomes unable to handle their own affairs and does not have an Enduring Power of Attorney or a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, it is possible for the individual's family to make an application to the Court of Protection. The Court will then appoint a Deputy to manage their property and financial affairs.
Who can be appointed?
Providing the Court of Protection are satisfied that the individual is appropriate, a family member can be appointed as the Deputy. When no family member wishes to take on this responsibility, it is possible for the family to select a professional, such as a solicitor to take on this role.
Deputy's duties and responsibilities
The main duty of a Deputy is to safeguard the individual's assets and meet their day to day financial needs. The Deputy will work closely with the family and other professionals such as financial advisors and case managers.
The Deputy must always keep the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in mind when making decisions. A key principle of this Act is that the individual is presumed to have capacity unless proved otherwise and must be consulted in all decision making.
How we can help
We have experience in this field. We believe that establishing close relationships with the individual and the family will ensure that the right decisions are made in every case.
We can help with applications to appoint a professional Deputy or assist with applications to appoint family members as Deputy. We can deal with administration of Deputyships, sorting out all the procedures, dealing with the day to day finances and taking the pressure off the family.