Watching a loved one lose mental capacity is not something anyone wants to go through; however, as their relative or friend, there are certain steps you can take to ensure that their interests are protected.
At Redkite Solicitors, we place great importance in helping our clients through life’s most challenging times. With a team of dedicated deputyship solicitors, you can gain the peace of mind that the financial affairs and general welfare of your loved one will be protected no matter what.
What is ‘mental capacity’?
Mental capacity is the ability of a person to make decisions for themselves, big or small, during the normal course of their lifetime, such as what to spend their money on and when. If someone lacks mental capacity they may not be able to:-
- Understand sufficient information provided to them about a decision
- Retain the information for long enough to be able to make a decision
- Communicate their decision
What is a deputyship?
A deputyship is when a person is appointed by the Court of Protection to be legally responsible for someone who lacks the capacity to make informed decisions for themselves. Deputyships apply when there is no power of attorney in place.
If your child has never had mental capacity, or your loved one or friend has lost mental capacity through a degenerative disease, serious accident or old age, it’s likely that you will be considering what steps you can take to help them safeguard their assets and protect their interests in the future.
If the is no Lasting Power of Attorney in place, an application can be made to the Court of Protection for a Deputy Order which asks the Court to appoint a Deputy after considering all the circumstances of the application about the person concerned.
Once appointed, a Deputy has general authority to act, under the scope of a court order, in relation to financial or welfare matters for their loved one once they are unable to make decisions for themselves.
Why choose Redkite Solicitors for help with Deputyships?
Since we opened our doors over 100 years ago, our deputyship solicitors have been committed to helping the vulnerable members of the local community to protect their interests. By offering our expertise in a clear, straightforward, jargon free way, you will fully understand your legal position and the options you have in assisting your loved one.
We understand that each situation is unique, which is why we place great importance in gaining an understanding of your loved ones circumstances before getting to work. That way, you can be sure that the advice we deliver is tailored to the specific needs of the person you are applying on behalf of.
We offer a complete service, both pre and post court order, and one of our team can even act as a Deputy if needed. We have extensive experience in dealing with deputyship matters and, when running accounts for clients for whom we act as Deputy, are highly meticulous; keeping their best interests at heart at all times.
How can our deputyship solicitors help you?
Our specialist deputyship solicitors expertly cover:
- Court of Protection applications
- Deputy assistance & advice
- Deputyship disputes
- Statutory Wills
With 6 high-street offices across Wales, we’re never too far away from you or your loved one. If you can’t reach us for some reason and need us to come to you, just get in touch with one of our deputyship solicitors who will be happy to come to see you at home, in hospital, wherever is convenient to you. We aim to be as adaptable and accessible as possible; and are more than happy to come to you or answer your questions via phone or email.
For more advice and information applying for a deputy order, get in touch with one of our specialist deputyship solicitors today.