Court of Protection Lawyers, Lincolnshire
If you have a family member who is no longer able to manage their affairs, our team of Court of Protection lawyers can help.
When a person is no longer able to manage their affairs, a Deputy must be appointed to handle matters on their behalf.
If a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney is in place, an Attorney will already have been chosen, usually a family member or close friend. If not, an application is made to the Court of Protection for a Deputy to be appointed.
We can help make an application to the Court of Protection to appoint a Deputy to act in the best interests of the individual – often referred to as the Patient – who has lost mental capacity to handle matters themselves.
We can act as professional Property and Financial Affairs Deputies.
Becoming a Deputy is a huge responsibility and can be very time consuming. The role requires you to account to the Court for decisions made on behalf of the Patient and the way their money is spent.
As professional Deputies, we are able to deal with this on your behalf to alleviate stress at a difficult time.
We can also deal with applications for family members to be appointed as Deputies for the Patient. We can deal with the application to the court on your behalf and then you will take on the role of Deputy for your loved one.
Our specialist team can also assist you in your role as a Court appointed Deputy. We can advise on the completion of Deputy Reports and your responsibilities as a Deputy, including dealing with the Patient’s assets.
A Patient who has been found to lack capacity is no longer able to make a will. Our team is experienced in making applications to the court for a Statutory Will.
This involves applying to the court to have a will made out in the terms agreed by all parties involved. We are obliged to take into account the wishes of the Patient and also discuss this with them where possible.
At Hodgkinsons Solicitors, our job is to support you through what can be a stressful and difficult time. We work with clients in Skegness, Boston, Sleaford, Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and throughout rural Lincolnshire
If you would like advice on being appointed as a Deputy or support with your role as a Deputy, please contact our specialist Wills and Probate team for a free discussion on 01754 897150.