Court of protection
The Court of Protection exists to protect those unable to make decisions for themselves due to a loss of mental capacity.
Our Court of Protection solicitors are specialists, experienced at providing considered, supportive advice and assistance to family, friends and carers of individuals who can no longer take care of their personal and financial affairs.
We are here to help you look after the person you care about, to enable you to plan ahead if you are caring for a relative, and to remove some of the worry regarding their future.
Help Protect your Loved Ones, Now and in the Future
If a person you care about cannot handle their personal or financial affairs, due to a loss of capacity following a serious illness or injury, or just due to their age, our Court of Protection solicitors will assist you so you can protect their interests, in both the short and long term.
A person may be deemed unable to take decisions for themselves for a number of reasons, including:
- Loss of capacity due to Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia
- Loss of capacity due to personal injury such as head injury
- Loss of capacity due to a medical event such as a stroke
- Lack of capacity due to extreme learning disability
In such a situation, by asking the Court of Protection to appoint a deputy to look after your loved one’s affairs, you will be sure that any decisions taken will be in the interests of the individual and that his or her future is protected as a result.
The Role of Deputy
HLF Berry Solicitors specialises in Court of Protection law and has regular dealings with the Court, enabling our solicitors to assist clients in the advisory aspects of deputyship as well as in the set up and management of deputyship.
The deputy makes decisions on personal, property and financial matters, on behalf of the individual but must always acts in that person’s best interests.
You can apply to the Court of Protection to be as the deputy, and we can help you make the application, providing support throughout the process. Alternatively, you may want a professional to act as deputy, rather than a family member, and we take on that role of professional deputy if requested.
Fully Supportive Services
With our professional legal help, looking after your loved one and ensuring they are protected for the long term, is straightforward and less stressful.
We appreciate just how terrifying and upsetting it is, to watch a loved one, in old age or following a personal injury, lose their ability to make decisions. This is why our Court of Protection solicitors will take the time to truly understand your situation and to explain the best possible options for you – whether that is helping you apply to become your loved one’s deputy or supporting you with Court of Protection procedures if the appointed deputy is another family member.
You may want to focus on caring for your relative and helping them make everyday decisions, rather than making financial decisions for them. However you decide to protect your loved one, we know you’ll be acting in their best interests and will provide full support.
Our Court of Protection services include:
- Helping you decide who to appoint as deputy
- Assisting with the Court of Protection application
- Setting up the deputyship
- Acting as professional deputies if needed
- Helping with applications for statutory Wills
- Advising on any Court of Protection disputes
- Planning for your own future with a Lasting Power of Attorney
Helping You to Help Your Loved Ones
If you want to protect your loved one in their later life, when they can no longer make decisions for themselves, or to take care of a relative who is suffering from a serious illness or injury, our specialist Court of Protection solicitors are here to help.
We have the knowledge, experience, and client commitment to ensure you receive the finest legal advice and support. Whatever option is right for you, we will help you during the set up process as well as with the ongoing management, to reduce the stress and worry for you and your family.
We are also able to help you plan for your own future, if you want to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney to appoint someone to care for your affairs in the future should you become unable to do so yourself.
To speak to one of our specialists today, for tailored professional advice, contact our Chorlton office on 0161 860 7123 or our Failsworth office on 0161 681 4005.