Manners Pimblett have solicitors specialising in advising clients in relation to Court of Protection for Deputyship Orders.
A deputy is usually a relative or close friend who is approved by the Court of Protection to manage the affairs of a person who is judged not to have the mental capacity to do so for themselves. In certain circumstances, a professional such as a solicitor can be appointed by the Court.
Property and Affairs.
This is most common form of deputyship. This is where the appointed person takes over the responsibility for the individual’s financial affairs and decisions over property.
If the individual does not have any savings or property and the only income is social benefits, then there may be no need for a deputy to be appointed as the DWP could manage this. We would be able to advise you of this.
Personal Welfare Deputyship.
This is the rarer form of deputyship. This is where the individual is no longer able to make important decisions about his/her care and treatment, and they have not appointed anyone to act prior to their decline in health. Deputies in these cases are only appointed in exceptional circumstances when a decision can be reached in the best interests of the person. The COP does not usually appoint deputies to make ongoing decisions about someone’s health unless regular treatment is required. (This is more common in younger people.)
If there is a disagreement as to what is in the person’s best interest, it may be necessary for the court to intervene.
Here at Manners Pimblett, we understand that this is a very personal area of law and our specialist solicitors are here to advise you on the best course of action to take. If you would like to know more about Lasting Power of Attorney or Court of Protection for Deputyship Orders, please call Clare Parrott or Linda Salah on 01625 850 888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.