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The Court of Protection is the court that protects the vulnerable and makes decisions on their behalf. Our Court of Protection solicitors are specialists in this area of work and can help to manage the affairs of someone who lacks the mental capacity to manage their own.

This means that they cannot make a decision for themselves and need a responsible person to do so. People may lack mental capacity if; they’ve had a serious brain injury; they have dementia, or they have severe learning disabilities.

What is a Deputyship Order?

This is an Order made by the Court of Protection appointing one or more people to manage the affairs of someone.

There are two types of deputy. Mostly they apply to property and financial decisions and the deputy will pay bills and organise pensions. The alternative is a personal welfare deputy who makes health and care decisions for an individual.

How to apply for Court of Protection?

The Court requires lengthy and detailed forms to be completed and submitted to them to enable any application to be considered by the court carefully. The Court will often require input from medical professionals as well.

How long does the process take?

An application for a Deputyship Order for financial decisions that is not contested can take around 6 months depending on how busy the Court is at the time.

If you need support with Court of Protection to help a vulnerable person, contact our expert Estate Planning solicitors: Newcastle: 0345 900 5401 Sunderland: 0191 568 2050 or email us at: alexandra@sweeneymiller.co.uk

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