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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

Enthusiastic approach to handling cases.

- Tomlinson's Dairies Ltd, Wrexham

The professionalism of the service received and the expert knowledge of the solicitor who handled my case.

- Mr K Whitelaw, Wolverhampton

The people we dealt with from the start. Email contact was good and any visits to the Hereford office was productive, easy and a pleasure.

- Mr J Campbell & Mrs M Campbell, Ledbury

As a charity legacy officer I am used to reluctance from professional executors to communicate. I found him professional yet friendly and efficient at all times - very pleased.

- Cats Protection, Haywards Heath

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

Quotes

Ease of contact, understanding of business context. An excellent and pragmatic approach to a relatively complex business transfer.

- Mr D Coull, Shrewsbury

Detailed and up to date knowledge of our case throughout the whole process.

- Mr P Hill & Dr L Hill, Lincoln

She and her team were amazing and without fault during our house purchase. I couldn't imagine us using anyone else in the future. The team will be easy to recommend.

- Mr Roberts, Shrewsbury

Ed clearly pays attention to detail and most importantly was diligent in ensuring my interests were best catered for. 

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

Great, friendly staff - really approachable and professional. Never pushy!

- Fairfield High School, Hereford

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