At times, individuals lose capacity and become incapable of dealing with their affairs before they have had the opportunity to put Lasting Powers of Attorney in place. A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document in which you, as the donor, appoint someone to act on your behalf, an attorney, should you lose the capacity to do so yourself. Click here for further information on Lasting Powers of Attorney.
What Happens When There's No Lasting Power of Attorney?
If an individual loses capacity without Lasting Powers of Attorney in place, it is still possible for a family member, close friend or legal professional to make decisions on your behalf. An application through the Court of Protection to become a deputy will need to be completed. The Court will then decide whether a person has lost capacity and will appoint an appropriate deputy to make decisions on their behalf and manage the individual’s finances and, if appropriate, their personal welfare.
Why Do I Need A Solicitor To Appoint a Deputy?
Applying to become a deputy can be a lengthy and costly process and can also be quite involving. The Private Client Team at Goughs Solicitors have specialist expertise in dealing with Deputyship applications and are able to advise and assist as much as possible if you require guidance on how to make an application.
Click here to make an appointment with a member of the Private Client Team or call 01225 762683.
For More On Deputyships Read:
Deputyships and Everything You Need to Know, including:
- What it means to be a Deputy
- Becoming a Deputy - the process
- Complications surrounding Deputyship and care fees
- How Goughs can support you, now you have been appointed as a deputy.
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