If a person becomes incapable, through old age, illness or an accident, of running their own financial affairs, then someone will have to be appointed to deal with their affairs for them. This person is known as a “Deputy”.
Without a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney, then the Public Guardianship Office and the Court of Protection will normally be involved in the appointment of the Deputy.
The Court of Protection has been established by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and looks after the rights of people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions regarding their property, affairs or personal welfare, including making decisions as to who should be appointed to manage their affairs for them.
The Public Guardianship Office is a wing of the Court of Protection and exists to supervise those people who are appointed to manage other people’s financial affairs. Our Solicitors have considerable experience of Court of Protection applications.
How We Can Help
Our experienced Court of Protection Solicitors can help with all applications to the Court, including for the appointment of Deputies, the execution of statutory wills and obtaining orders for the sale of property. We can also advise and assist Deputies in connection with their duties and responsibilities including the preparation of annual accounts and income tax returns. Please telephone one of our specialist Solicitors for a free initial discussion.