Court of Protection
If you were to lose the capacity to make decisions for yourself – it could be health and welfare or financial matters – and there’s no valid power of attorney in place to pass the responsibility to someone else, the Court of Protection can be asked to step in and do it for you. It provides a safeguard to assist with decisions that may have a profound impact on your life.
The authority of the Court breaks down into two distinct areas – property and financial affairs, and health and welfare - and can only be used where an individual cannot make decisions themselves, so determining capacity is vital. It’s also a difficult and very sensitive issue to deal with.
We will liaise with you, your family and appropriate medical practitioners to establish the best way to proceed; a Court of Protection application may not be required if a more informal option exists.
If necessary, of course, we can guide you through the process of applying to the Court, and assist with managing your affairs if a permanent Deputy is appointed to act for you.
You’ll find more information in our Court of Protection Applications Guide.
For more information on our court of protection services for vulnerable people and their families and to start a conversation on how we can help please contact Glen Miles, Head of Vulnerable People (Partner, Private Client).