Our specialist Court of Protection solicitors offer an impressive breadth of expertise in this complex and increasingly important area of practice. We act for clients making applications to the Court of Protection and also act as deputies, attorneys and trustees for disabled and vulnerable adults.
Our specialist team deals with the main areas of Court of Protection practice:
- Acting for elderly clients, dealing with applications to appoint deputies, financial and property management.
- Complex Court of Protection applications, contentious and non-contentious, involving gifts, statutory wills, appointment of trustees and conflicts over the appointment of deputies and attorneys.
- Panel deputy cases where an accredited panel deputy is a deputy of last resort, appointed by the Court where there has been neglect, fraud or financial abuse.
- Acting for children and adults who have been the victims of personal injury or medical negligence (often working with specialist lawyers and medical experts and providing expert legal advice on costs)
Court of Protection practice involves a wide range of interconnected legal, practical, financial and accounting issues which can be remarkably varied. Each client’s circumstances are unique and often combine different legal disciplines as well as jurisdictions. Small estates may involve complex benefit and funding issues, larger estates may involve complex financial planning and lifetime gifts. We currently deal with several estates with overseas assets.
We frequently work with other professionals to provide clients with the best support, including medical and healthcare professionals, care experts, accountants, financial advisers and fund managers, surveyors and builders.
If somebody loses their mental capacity to deal with their own affairs without having put in place an enduring or lasting power of attorney a deputy will need to be appointed.
A deputy application is made to the Court of Protection. The person(s) named as deputy are chosen by the Court of Protection and not by the donor and, accordingly, could be someone the donor would not ordinarily choose to make such decisions.
Deputy applications are generally more complex, more time-consuming and therefore more expensive than putting in place a valid lasting power of attorney. Our court of protection solicitors can also act as a professional deputy on your behalf.