There are many people for whom mental capacity may be an issue, including those with learning difficulties, those suffering from severe autism or dementia, those who may have had a stroke or been injured and, of course, their respective carers or family members.
We understand that caring for vulnerable individuals and managing their affairs is not always straightforward.
That’s why our team provide cohesive, practical and to the point advice and representation for you to make things easier and less complicated. We’ll empathise with your situation and do all we can to help.
Helping you make decisions for people who can’t make them themselves
All matters regarding the possible loss of mental capacity are dealt with by the Court of Protection, a specialist court designed to make decisions for people who are considered to lack capacity to make their own decisions. The decisions could be about day-to-day things, like what to wear or when to pay a bill‚ or they could be more important decisions, such as where to live or whether to have a certain type of medical treatment.
We offer legal advice to help you plan your own future too
If you’d like to plan for the possibility of losing your own mental capacity we can provide advise on the creation of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA). An LPA allows someone you trust to manage your financial affairs or make personal welfare decisions on your behalf in the event that you lose the ability to make such decisions yourself.
If you have a relative or friend who no longer has the capacity to make a Lasting Power of Attorney, we can assist you with an application to the Court of Protection to appoint a ‘deputy’ to manage their affairs. If there is no suitable deputy, a member of our team can be appointed deputy by the Court.
What’s more, we can come and see you at home, if that makes you feel more comfortable.
Get in touch with our court of protection lawyers in Gloucestershire
For expert advice on court of protection matters and becoming a deputy, please contact your local WSP branch in Gloucester, Stroud or Dursley today.
Adult Social Services: Care and support services provided to adults who require assistance, perhaps due to their vulnerability, disability, health or well-being, which aim to promote independence and safeguarding.
Best Interest Meeting: A best interest meeting will be required if there are different opinions about what is in the client’s best interests and a consensus can’t be reached. Opinions may differ between professionals or other interested parties such as relatives.
Court of Protection (COP): A specialist court for all issues relating to people who lack the capacity to make specific decisions. The court makes decisions and appoints deputies to make decisions in the best interests of those who lack capacity to do so.
Deputy: If a relative or friend has lost the ability to make decisions for themselves and cannot create a Lasting Power of Attorney, we can assist with an application to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a person suitable to manage their affairs known as a Deputy.
We can help with...
Looking after older adults
The creation and registration of Lasting & Ensuring Powers of Attorney
Deputyship applications and administration
Care home fees planning
Advance decisions for medical care and life sustaining treatment
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