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Professional Deputyships for Court of Protection

If someone loses the mental capacity to manage their own financial affairs and a Power of Attorney is in place, the appointed attorneys will be able to manage things as planned.

However, if a Power of Attorney is not in place, an application needs to be made to the Court of Protection under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to appoint a Property and Affairs Deputy.

Once appointed, the deputy is responsible for managing the person’s financial affairs and is subject to supervision by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). Since December 2014, the OPG is undertaking closer supervision of deputies, whose duties are likely to include:

  • Managing tax affairs
  • Producing annual accounts for the OPG
  • Liaising and preparing an inventory for the OPG
  • Identifying welfare benefit eligibility
  • Property insurance and maintenance
  • Appropriate investment of funds
  • Selling or letting property

Sometimes there is no-one suitable or willing to take on the role of deputy, which is a big responsibility and not always something that a family member feels able to do for various reasons.

The partners at Lanyon Bowdler have years of experience of acting as deputies in all sorts of cases involving the Court of Protection. We act in a wide variety of cases, from looking after the affairs of those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, to older people in care, as well as the very young, who may have acquired a brain injury at birth.

We are specialists in Court of Protection law and understand that cases can be highly sensitive and sometimes distressing for everyone involved. Our approachable, friendly approach means we are there for our clients not only during the legal process but for life.

Contact Lanyon Bowdler

Give us a call or complete our online enquiry form, to see how our court of protection solicitors 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 information and advice, please call Neil Davies, Head of Court of Protection, or a member of the team.

Testimonials

All staff were polite, efficient and professional. Advice was clear and informative. I like the fact that everyone explained legalities with clarity.

- Mrs L Draycott, Oswestry

He was great, he listened and suggested the best course of action - thank you.

- Mr T Graves, Shrewsbury

Communication surrounding my injury claim was excellent with other departments within the firm.

- Mrs L Dowbiggin, Much Wenlock

I was competely satisfied with all aspects of the service.

- Mr S Taylor, Telford

Very patient - my own records weren't the best.

- Mr J Pearson, Oswestry

Quotes

Friendly and understanding in an awkward situation.

- Mr R Jones, Ruthin

Very polite members of staff, took the time to explain everything to us.

- Mr R Wilford & Mrs J Wilford, Bromyard

I had requested information and advice from various other solicitors prior to calling Lanyon Bowdler and found that she was the only one to take the time and explain how the Help to Buy ISA worked.

- Mr M Shaw & Miss G Frankfort, Market Drayton

Ed clearly had a heavy workload at the time, yet ensured everything was completed in appropriate timescales including working extended hours.

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

Kept me up to date in any process made.

- Mr P Haigh, Suffolk

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