If you're concerned about the welfare of a family member or loved one, we can help you take legal steps to protect them.
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. The court of protection judges whether people have the mental capacity to make decisions about their own welfare. If it decides 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. 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. Your application must put forward a clear and detailed case. This can be a long and complicated process, especially when you're not familiar with the system.
Our specialist team of solicitors know the court of protection inside out. 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. The court of protection will make its decision based solely on the application, but you can be confident that we’ll have every angle covered. Our specialist services include:
A typical application has several parts, such as:
But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.