Whether it’s for you or for a loved one, making long-term plans for the future is a smart move. We can’t tell you what will happen, but we can help you to take the right steps to ensure your interests, or those of a loved one, are protected, rights are respected and wishes are carried out.
The Court of Protection exists to protect those who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves. This is designed to give you the peace of mind knowing your wishes will be carried out regardless of your mental capacity. Heartbreaking as it is to watch someone’s mental health deteriorate, taking the necessary steps to apply to the Court of Protection is key in ensuring their rights are respected and their financial matters are being handled suitably.
In these circumstances it will be necessary to obtain an order made by the Court of Protection appointing a deputy. A deputy is appointed to make ongoing decisions regarding a person’s property and financial affairs or sometimes their health and welfare, when they are unable to make those decisions themselves. Anyone over the age of 18 can be appointed as a deputy but it is usually a family member, close friend or a solicitor. The Court of Protection will look at whether there is anyone who has a close connection to the person lacking capacity and would be able to carry out the role of deputy. If there is no one suitable then it may be appropriate for a solicitor to be appointed as professional deputy.
Once an order has been made the deputy will be able to deal with the day to day finances of the person to include: paying bills or care fees, buying food or clothing and selling or purchasing property to name just a few. However acting as deputy can sometimes be time consuming and demanding and often puts pressure on a family. Our team act as professional deputy for numerous people and these services can be offered where people do not feel comfortable or do not have the time to take on the role of deputy.
Why choose Talbots’ Court of Protection solicitors?
At Talbots Law, our priority is to help clients young and old to plan for the future. Perhaps concerned about a family member or a close friend and you’re looking for some friendly advice on how to move forward. Let us relieve your stress by helping you to take the right steps towards security. With a team of dedicated specialist solicitors, you can rely on us to guide you through the process and advise and assist you with applications to become a deputy for your loved one. When you consult Talbots Law regarding protection, your dedicated solicitor will listen to your every concern and work closely with you to make a detailed, legally binding plan that will stand regardless of what the future holds. We promise to keep things simple at all times, no jargon, and no complex legal talk. Just straight to the point.
Similarly, if you are worried about your future, there are steps you can take to ensure your affairs are handled with care were you to lose the ability to manage them yourself. As well as financial matters, you may have concerns regarding your property and residency in respects to your future and capacity. If this is the case please contact one of team who will be able to advise you on creating a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Court of Protection disputes
When it comes to making vital decisions on behalf of a loved one, it’s only natural that disputes within the family can occur. It could be a disagreement regarding the person’s living arrangements or a dispute over who should manage their finances. In this situation, it’s beneficial to seek help from a specialist solicitor. At Talbots Law, we approach matters such as these with sensitivity, aiming to find resolve as quickly as possible to save family relationships and focus on the protection of your loved one. As experts of mediation, we know how to find remedy without causing a scene, which means you can rely on your trusted solicitor to skilfully negotiate an outcome that protects the welfare of your loved one.
If you’re concerned about losing capacity or are looking to protect a family member or friend’s interests, give our Court of Protection solicitors a call today on 0800 118 1500. Trust in Talbots Law.
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