The Court of Protection is a government body who make decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who can't make decisions at the time they need to be made.
If you have a family member or loved one who lacks the capacity to make significant decisions for themselves, it is extremely important to get professional legal assistance.
A person may be judged to lack the ability to make a specific choice due to a diagnosis obtained later in life, such as dementia or Alzheimer's, because of a condition they were born with or had first been diagnosed with in their early years, such as a learning disability or autism, or because of a brain injury sustained in an accident.
We can provide you with specialised support and guidance in the case and assist you throughout the process if the Court has been asked to decide about the health and welfare of your loved one.
The Court of Protection has the following functions, and we can assist you with these when and if the need arises:
- Deciding whether someone has the mental capacity to make a particular decision for themselves
- Appointing deputies to make ongoing decisions for people who lack mental capacity
- Giving people permission to make one-off decisions on behalf of someone else who lacks mental capacity
- Handling urgent or emergency applications where a decision must be made on behalf of someone else without delay
- Making decisions about a lasting power of attorney or enduring power of attorney and considering any objections to their registration
- Considering applications to make statutory wills or gifts
- Making decisions about when someone can be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act.
Our skilled team of Court of Protection lawyers can assist you regardless of the circumstance.