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Court of Protection Solicitors

Our everyday lives include frequent and important decisions concerning welfare, money and more, so when a loved one loses mental capacity to make these decisions, it can be extremely upsetting.

Applying to the Court of Protection can provide you with authority to make important decisions in regard to your loved one, but it can be a complicated process from application through to carrying out the role of deputy.

For expert advice and guidance during life’s toughest challenges, our Court of Protection solicitors can assist, always aiming to provide sensitive support. We have worked with a range of clients over the years and have a broad scope of knowledge in the Court of Protection field.

Have a question about the Court of Protection? Take a look at our FAQs.

Want to chat with one of our friendly Wills and probate solicitors? Contact your local Bird & Co office in Grantham, Newark or Lincoln, or you can ask us a question.

Why choose Bird & Co Solicitors to help you with Court of Protection

With our Wills and probate service, we can offer you:

  • Expert guidance from a highly experienced team
  • Plain English explanations so you can make informed decisions
  • Confidence that everything has been thought of
  • Competitive fees
  • A close, personal service from start to finish

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Our Court of Protection services

Application for property and financial affairs deputyships

If a loved one loses mental capacity, you can apply to the Court of Protection to become a property and financial affairs deputy to make important decisions that concern them. This can include paying bills. Should you wish to become a deputy for your loved one, seeking personal support from a solicitor is extremely important.

Our solicitors take provide proficient advice and practical guidance to navigate you through the application process. Working with our team provides complete certainty that everything is done correctly, helping to prevent delays where possible.

Providing advice for Court of Protection deputies

If you have been appointed as a Court of Protection deputy, there are lots of responsibilities you will have for the incapacitated person, and it can become overwhelming and sometimes confusing about what you can and cannot do. During this time, seeking guidance from a specialist is crucial.

Our solicitors can advise you of your rights and responsibilities and ensure you are in full compliance with the Court of Protection rules. We have assisted clients from all backgrounds with their deputy roles, from those more straightforward to others more complicated.

Acting as professional deputies

In some instances, a person who does not have mental capacity may not have family or friends to carry out deputyship or certain situations where they may not wish to. Becoming a Court of Protection deputy can be a complex task to carry out, particularly alongside your own life and commitments, so it may be more appropriate for a professional deputy to be appointed.

At Bird & Co, our team of Court of Protection solicitors can act as professional deputies on your behalf. We recognise how difficult it can be for someone else to have control over decisions concerning your loved ones, but their best interests are always of top importance to our solicitors.

Statutory Wills

A statutory Will can be made for an incapacitated person for a number of reasons, including where no Will was in place, the Will does not reflect what they would have wanted, circumstances changed, the value of the estate has significantly changed, or tax planning purposes. Should you need to amend or create a statutory Will for an incapacitated person, gaining the assistance of a solicitor is essential.

Our solicitors for Court of Protection can provide specialist guidance for making Statutory Wills, including navigating you through the legal steps and drafting a Will that fits the incapacitated person’s best interests.

Court of Protection Deputyship disputes

Not all family members and friends of an incapacitated person are going to agree with the decisions made by Court of Protection deputies, or they may be concerned that the deputy does not have the incapacitated person’s best interests at heart.

Whether you’re making or defending a dispute, it’s essential to have the assistance of a solicitor. Our Court of Protection solicitors can provide a bespoke service, whether that is guiding you through methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as private negotiation or mediation, or through court litigation.

Our Court of Protection solicitors’ fees

We recognise that value for money is important to most and if not all people, including the Bird & Co team. That’s why we strive to provide an outstanding service that consistently reflects our legal fees. To remain competitive in the field, we benchmark our fees against comparable law firms.

From the outset, we are upfront and transparent concerning our fees and will always provide a clear estimated cost breakdown. Should additionally fees be required, we promise to always inform you and ensure you are entirely happy before proceeding forward.

Where it is appropriate, we are able to offer a fixed fee Court of Protection service, providing complete certainty over the costs involved.

Read more about our fees.

Common questions about Court of Protection

What is Court of Protection?

The Court of Protection is a court in England and Wales that is there to make financial and/or welfare decisions for mentally incapacitated persons.

What does the Court of Protection do?

Examples of the responsibilities the Court of Protection have and the decisions they make include:

  • Deciding if someone has lost mental capacity
  • Appointing Court of Protection deputies
  • Providing permission for one-off decisions
  • Managing urgent or emergency Court of Protection applications
  • Lasting Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Attorney decisions
  • Statutory Will and gift decisions
  • Deciding deprivation of liberty under the Mental Capacity Act

How do I apply for Court of Protection?

When a person loses mental capacity, and a loved one wants to apply to the Court of Protection to become a deputy, they will need to carry out certain actions. Examples of these actions include filling and returning various forms to the court, in addition to notifying relevant parties, such as the incapacitated person themselves, relatives and close friends.

How long does it take to get a Court of Protection Order?

During the application process to obtain a Court of Protection Order, there are various factors involved which can affect the application time frame. This means each case is unique and can vary in time.

Examples of where an application could take considerably longer include:

  • The court requiring additional information
  • Someone opposing the application

However, for Court of Protection applications that are straightforward, such as non-contested applications, the general time frame is between six to 12 months.

What is a Court of Protection Deputyship?

Court of Protection Deputyship is where the court appoints someone to act as a deputy for an incapacitated person.

The deputy will be responsible for making important decisions in regard to property and financial affairs, including but not limited to:

  • Organising their pension
  • Paying bills
  • Selling property

Who can apply to the Court of Protection?

Simply speaking, so long as a person has mental capacity to make important decisions in the best interest of the incapacitated person and is over the age of 18 years old, they can apply to the Court of Protection to become a deputy.

Deputies are often relatives or close friends of the incapacitated person.

How long does a Court of Protection order last?

In most instances of Court of Protection Deputyship, this will last for the donor’s entire life, but there are Court of Protection cases where only a one-off decision is required.

However, the length of the order can be overturned if the incapacitated person regains capacity.

What happens at a Court of Protection hearing?

During the Court of Protection hearing, the court will take the time to consider various factors before making its final decision. These factors include:

  • Assessing the circumstances, including whether the mentally incapacitated person needs someone else to make decisions
  • Considering the mentally incapacitated person’s past and present wishes
  • Any beliefs and values the mentally incapacitated person has
  • Whether there are any objections to the application

Once all these factors have been considered, the court will come to a decision.

What is the difference between Power of Attorney and Court of Protection?

Both Power of Attorney and Court of Protection are principally the same thing but in slightly different circumstances.

One aspect of Power of Attorney is an arrangement made when someone still has mental capacity, and they want to prepare for the future in the instance they may lose mental capacity, they will choose a trusted person or persons to be their Lasting Power of Attorney.

A Court of Protection order is made when a person loses mental capacity but does not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place.

Speak to our Wills and probate solicitors

Want to chat with one of our friendly Wills and probate solicitors? Contact your local Bird & Co office in Grantham, Newark or Lincoln, or you can ask us a question.