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Sadly, capacity can be lost through a variety of circumstances. It could be old age, or illness or through an accident.
If someone has lost capacity, but has a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, they will have already appointed someone to manage their affairs. However, if that’s something they haven’t previously considered, and events have overtaken them, the next step will be to apply to the Court of Protection, so that a Deputy can be appointed to look after their property and affairs.
Quite apart from the responsibilities that you take on as a Deputy, the application for your appointment is not without its complications. We can prepare the application, and guide you through the process, providing ongoing support and guidance following your appointment, including any further liaison with, and preparation of reports to be submitted to the Court of Protection.
We can also act as professional Deputies if family members feel unable to take on the task. Whether the choice of Deputy be a family member or a professional, our aim is to ensure that where capacity is lost, that individual’s property and financial affairs are properly taken care of.
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