Financial abuse of vulnerable people is on the increase in the UK, despite the legal systems which are in place to protect them.
If someone lacks the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, someone will either be managing them informally (such as a friend or carer) or on a formal basis by a court-appointed deputy or attorney.
The specialist lawyers in Lanyon Bowdler’s Court of Protection understand the symptoms of financial abuse and are regularly instructed to assist with the removal of deputies and attorneys. Our court of protection solicitors also advise in other circumstances, such as objections to an application to the Court of Protection by someone suspected as being unsuitable to act as an attorney or deputy.
Being familiar with the warning signs makes it much easier to stop any suspected abuse at an early stage. Things to look out for include:
Suspicions should first be given to your local police or council’s Vulnerable Adult Unit, depending on the circumstances.
Where the suspect is an attorney under a registered Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney, or a court-appointed deputy, options include notifying the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) who can investigate the claims under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, or applying directly to the Court of Protection to remove and replace the deputy or attorney - which is where Lanyon Bowdler would come in.
Give us a call or complete our online enquiry form, to see how we can help. We have offices in Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow, Bromyard and Hereford so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands.
For more advice about how we can help, please contact Neil Davies, Head of Court of Protection, or a member of his team.
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