If you're concerned about the welfare of a family member or loved one, we can help you take legal steps to protect them.
The court of protection judges whether people have the mental capacity to make decisions about their own welfare. If it says they don’t, and no enduring or lasting power of attorney is in place, it can appoint a deputy to make decisions on a person’s behalf.
If you need to make legal decisions for a relative, or somebody close to you, the court of protection can empower you to do so as their deputy. Deputies can be appointed in a wide range of situations, including:
To become someone's deputy, you need to make an application to the court of protection. The court will look at the evidence when deciding what a deputy can or can’t do. So, your application must put forward a clear and detailed case. At best this can be a long and complicated process, especially when you're not familiar with the system.
That's where we can help. Our specialist team of solicitors know the court of protection inside out. Our expertise is supported by years of practical experience, and we can help you get the best possible result.
The sheer amount of information that goes into an application means that even the slightest mistake can have far-reaching consequences, so it pays to get professional help. We can take care of your application from start to finish. We'll ensure that every detail is taken care of, and complies with the court's regulations.
A typical application has several parts, such as:
We’ll let you know what your options are, we’ll prepare all the documents for you, then we’ll make the application and keep you up-to-date as your case progresses. The court of protection will make its decision based solely on this application, but you can be confident that we’ll have every angle covered. This way we take the pressure off you during what can be a difficult time.
Our job doesn’t stop there. We’ll give you ongoing advice about your role as a deputy, further help with any subsequent paperwork and applications, and every bit of support you need. Our solicitors have plenty of experience of a deputy’s work – many have themselves been appointed professional deputies, acting for vulnerable people and managing the finances of people in care – so we really do know how the system works and we understand what it means to be responsible for people who can’t make their own decisions.
At Tees, you'll find a team of friendly, sympathetic solicitors who'll always have your best interests at heart. We understand that this is likely to be a difficult time, and our priority is to take the pressure off you. We'll handle every aspect of your application with the utmost care, to achieve the best possible outcome.
At Tees, we provide an honest, comprehensive and sensitive service that's built around your very individual circumstances.
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