Court of Protection
What do they do?
When a loved one is unable to make decisions regarding their property and financial affairs for any reason, such as dementia, brain injury or learning difficulties, the Court of Protection can appoint a person, known as a Deputy, to make decisions on their behalf. They can also approve one off decisions or approve an action of a Deputy or Attorney (appointed under a Lasting Power of Attorney) who has already been appointed, where the decision goes beyond the usual powers of a Deputy or Attorney.
What can a Deputy do?
A financial Deputy can make financial decisions on their behalf, such as paying bills, managing investments or sorting pensions. The order of the court will set out what the Deputy can and cannot do.
How is the Deputy Supervised?
Any Deputy must act in the person’s best interests. Each year they are required to file an annual report with the Court of Protection showing the decisions they have made and all income and expenditure.
How can Brearleys help?
Applications to the Court of Protection can be complex. We have considerable expertise in securing the court approval and appointment of Deputies. We will keep you advised of every development and guide you through the application, making it as stress fee and straight forward as possible.
What costs are involved?
The Court of Protection do charge a court fee when an application is issued. In respect of our costs, most matters can be dealt with on a fixed fee basis so you have certainty in terms of costs. For more specific information regarding costs please do not hesitate to contact us.
For more information or if you wish to appoint us to deal with a matter on your behalf please do not hesitate to contact our offices.