Court of Protection

At Thorntons Solicitors, we know how upsetting and difficult it can be for someone applying for deputyship and how confusing it can be dealing with the Court of Protection.

Our caring and compassionate lawyers are here to assist you throughout the process. We can give you specialist advice, guidance and support regarding such matters as applying for Deputyship Orders, Deputyship Reports and Care advice.

The Court of Protection is a branch of HM Court Services who make decisions on financial, or welfare matters for people who can no longer make decisions at the time they need to be made (they ‘lack mental capacity’). The Court has power and authority to deal with all matters including the finances, personal welfare and other matters for people who are over the age of eighteen who lack mental capacity.

The Court of Protection is responsible for:

  • Deciding whether someone has the mental capacity to make a particular decision for themselves
  • Appointing deputies to make ongoing decisions for people who lack mental capacity
  • Giving people permission to make one-off decisions on behalf of someone else who lacks mental capacity
  • Handling urgent or emergency applications where a decision must be made on behalf of someone else without delay
  • Making decisions about a lasting power of attorney or enduring power of attorney and considering any objections to their registration
  • Considering applications to make statutory wills or gifts
  • Making decisions about when someone can be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act

If you have any questions or would like to talk to us regarding any aspects of Court of Protection, please contact us.

For more information, please contact Gina Leighton-Jones