Mrs R had lost her mental capacity and her son had applied to the court of protection to register her enduring power of attorney.
There were some concerns raised by the local authority that Mrs R’s son was not necessarily acting in her best interests and there was some suggestion that he had been helping himself to his mother’s funds in order to pay for his children’s school fees. As Mrs R no longer had the capacity to consent to the making of such gifts, it was impossible to tell whether this was action which she would have agreed to.
However, the main concern at this point was that it was eating away at her money which would have meant that she would not have been able to live in a care home which was most suited to her situation. The local authority then wanted to step in and take over the administration of Mrs R’s affairs. Karen Perugini was able to step in and reach a compromise between the parties so that a partner in Trethowans was appointed to act on behalf of Mrs R to protect her best interests and ensure that she was looked after as well as possible.