If a person is unable to make decisions for themselves about their finances or health and welfare, they are deemed to lack ‘capacity’ in that area. In these circumstances it may be necessary for the Court of Protection to appoint a Deputy to act on their behalf.
A Deputy may be appointed to make decisions about property and financial affairs, health and welfare matters or both.
Often a family member will be appointed in the role of Deputy but there may be circumstances in which a Professional Deputy (such as a Solicitor) is needed. Examples may include:
- There are no family members or close friends able to act
- There is family conflict
- The case is more complex due to the size or type of assets to be managed
Our Solicitors have experience of acting in the role of Professional Deputy within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act and we work closely with involved family members and professionals to ensure that our client’s needs are met.
For more information or advice from our specialist team please email us: email@example.com.