The Court of Protection

If someone is mentally incapable of making a particular decision at a particular time, and they haven’t made a lasting power of attorney, and the decision isn’t one that can be made on an informal basis, the matter can be referred to the Court of Protection. The court may either choose to make the decision itself on the person’s behalf, or choose someone else, known as a ‘deputy’, to make the decision for them.

Where the court appoints a deputy to manage someone’s property and financial affairs on an ongoing basis, the deputy usually has to keep accounts, enter into a security bond, and report to the Office of the Public Guardian. The Court of Protection charges an application fee, unless you are exempt due to low income and the Office of the Public Guardian charges a yearly fee to cover the cost of supervising the deputy’s work.

Appointeeship

If a person is incapacitated and entitled to receive a retirement pension or other state benefits, the Department for Work and Pensions can choose an ‘appointee’ to receive those benefits on that person’s behalf. The appointee can be a relative, friend or someone from the caring professions (such as the local authority social services department). They will be asked to produce some proof that the claimant is incapacitated, such as a doctor’s certificate. There is no fee involved in this service.

Other financial matters

We can advise on a wide range of other legal matters affecting elderly people. For example:

  • estate planning by making a will or lifetime gifts; or
  • where you suspect that an elderly person may be the victim of financial abuse.

For expert advice and assistance please get in touch via our contact page, call us on 01245 216 888 or email [email protected].

CONTACT US

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Chelmsford Office
78 New London Road
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 0PD
Tel: 01245 216888
Fax: 01245 216880

At Archers we aim to make our service as accessible as possible to all our clients and always give the best advice we can. Please feel free to contact us online, by phone or by post.

We aim to answer all enquiries as soon as possible but, if your matter requires urgent attention, we would encourage you to call us directly.

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