If you have a relative or friend who is no longer capable of managing their own financial affairs and they don’t have a valid Enduring Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney (Property and Affairs), it may be necessary for the Court of Protection to step in and appoint a Deputy to manage their affairs. The Deputy will take responsibility for the incapacitated person’s finances under the guidance of the Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian.
The complexity of this process is why we strongly advise all our clients to make Lasting Powers of Attorney as a preventative measure before any problems occur. The process of making an application to the Court of Protection is complicated, time consuming and the court fees are expensive both up front and annually until the Deputyship comes to an end.
If you would like to find out more about the detailed process of applying to the Court of Protection to become a Deputy, please see our detailed guide here:
Applying to the Court of Protection to be a Deputy – Your Questions Answered
At Backhouse Solicitors our expert solicitors can make this process as quick and straightforward as possible. We can advise and assist with all stages of the Court application, including:
Once the Deputyship has been granted we can also help with the ongoing management, including amongst other things, the sale and purchase of property and deputyship accounts.
If you are facing this complicated and emotionally stressful experience, don’t suffer in silence. Contact us today for friendly support and advice and to book a free initial consultation:
Tel: 01245 893400
Visit: 17 Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JU
Or send us a message through the Contact Us page on this website.