With an ageing population, dementia is becoming more and more common. Sadly, many lose capacity without having made arrangements for their affairs to be managed meaning that accessing money, selling property or funding care can be an issue.
If this happens, then the Court of Protection can be asked to appoint a Deputy to manage the affairs of someone who can no longer do so for themselves.
Although Social Services departments of local authorities sometimes try to take over, or push families towards unregulated and unqualified organisations, we do things differently.
We work with lots of families unravelling the affairs of someone who has lost capacity; sometimes we help a family member gain appointment as the Deputy, sometimes we take on the role if that is what the family want and it is in the interests of the person concerned. We think it is very important that there is a choice, and we work with and for the families we assist.
Other than the appointment of Deputies, we can assist with the following on behalf of those who lack capacity;
- Applications enabling the sale of property;
- Applications for the Court to approve a Will;
- Applications for the removal of an Attorney or Deputy where there has been fraud or dishonesty, or where mental capacity has been regained;
- Applications for a decision regarding health or welfare matters
- Any other matter concerning a person who lacks capacity and where the Court needs to make a decision