Court of Protection
What happens if you lose the ability to manage your own affairs? A loss of “capacity” can affect any of us, at any age, following an illness, accident or simply be a result of old age. What should you do if one of your relatives loses their “capacity”? Who pays the bills? Who decides whether your money might be used for extra care?
We advise clients faced with these difficulties.
Ideally clients will prepare by signing a “Lasting Power of Attorney”; a formal legal document that names people they want to help them should they lose capacity.
However, sometimes events can overtake themselves and if no such power has been put in to place your relatives can apply to a Court called “the Court of Protection”, asking them to appoint, and supervise, someone to look after your affairs; a person they call a “deputy”. We make such applications on behalf of clients, advise “deputies” and, when asked to do so, act as “deputy”. Please contact Jonathan Mathers if you would like advice in these areas.
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