Court of Protection Solicitors
If one of your loved ones or family members lacks the mental capacity to make complex legal decisions, you can act on their behalf to ensure that their best interests are represented. Our Court of Protection specialists can help you achieve this and can explain the steps you need to take to make decisions on their behalf.
Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.
What is the Court of Protection?
The Court of Protection is based in London and exists to represent the interests of those who lack mental capacity in the UK. It was created in 2007 as a result of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Among other things, the court makes decisions on:
- Whether or not someone has the mental capacity to make a particular decision for themselves
- The appointment of suitable deputies to make decisions for those who lack mental capacity
- Giving one-off permission to certain individuals and professionals to make specific decisions
With the Court of Protection having only existed since 2007, this area of the law is still less established than many others. For that reason, it’s important to get the right legal advice from an experienced Court of Protection specialist.
What else do I need to consider for a person who lacks the mental capacity to make decisions?
A lack of mental capacity could be temporary. For example it may be caused by an injury which they later recover from sufficiently to make such decisions for themselves. You may still need advice for any important legal decisions that need to be made before they recover.
In other instances, people might lack capacity for the rest of their lives and may also have received a compensation payment if the incapacity is a result of a serious injury. If your loved one or family member has a Personal Injury trust (which is used to help manage their compensation funds to meet their ongoing needs) we can also provide the necessary advice to make best use of this.
How do I get legal advice on Mental Capacity and the Court of Protection?
Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your circumstances thoroughly with you. The initial call is free and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us.