When someone loses the ability to manage their financial affairs, perhaps through injury or age-related illness, and has no Property and Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney in place, an application to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship order will be required before anything can be done in relation to those finances.
Court of Protection
We always encourage our clients to have a properly drafted Lasting Power of Attorney in place but sometimes illness or injury strikes before this can be done. Please follow the link if you would like more information on Statutory Wills, Statutory Gifts and Deputyships.
A Deputyship order gives the applicant power to handle the person’s financial affairs, and may give permission to make specific decisions on that person’s behalf.
Applicants tend to be close family members but can also be close friends, or sometimes the Local Authority or a professional Deputy (normally a specialist solicitor or accountant).
We always encourage our clients to have a properly drafted Lasting Power of Attorney in place to avoid this process altogether, but sometimes illness or injury strikes before this can be done.
Our specialist team of lawyers are here to guide you through the process. You will find them professional yet sympathetic to your individual circumstances.
Our Court of Protection service includes:
• Advising on the options and the processes involved
• Helping you with the application itself
• Advising you on how to deal with objections
• Representing you at any Court hearings
• Advising and helping after being appointed a Deputy
• Advising on Statutory Wills and Statutory Gifts
• Advising and helping with disputes.
• Advice on what to do if you have concerns about financial abuse of a vulnerable adult.