You may need to make decisions for a friend or relative who has lost their mental capacity to make decisions for themselves where no Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is in place. Where no Power of Attorney exists, then nobody – not even a spouse – possesses the legal authority to deal with another person’s affairs.
If this is the case you will need to apply to the Court of Protection to appoint you as a deputy. If there is no friend or family member who is suitable or willing to act as a deputy, the Court of Protection can appoint a professional deputy from an approved panel of deputies.
We understand completely the process of applying for deputyship can be. Our team as a whole can call upon an extensive wealth of experience in Court of Protection work.
Head of team, Nicola August, has been an Approved Panel Deputy of the Court of Protection for some years and has successfully been reappointed to the panel following a rigorous selection process. She is the only Panel Deputy in East Kent and Medway and this is a reflection of her level of expertise in this highly specialised area of work.
Our services include:
Where an individual does not have someone in the role of deputy, or more complex circumstances require a professional deputy, Nicola August may be called upon by the Court of Protection to act on their behalf. In Nicola’s capacity as a Panel Deputy, intricate matters are often referred to her for investigation, such as when a person’s financial assets are unknown or an individual has been subjected to financial abuse.
Few local firms offer a specialist team to deal with these complex issues and we are proud to boast such a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge.
The Office of the Public Guardian checks services provided by Panel Deputies through their Panel Deputy Assurance Visit system, the Furley Page team passed with flying colours in March 2016.
Let us know of any special requirements when booking an appointment. We understand it is not always easy for our clients to visit us at our offices and we are happy to visit our clients in their own home, hospital or hospice.
We are also able to make emergency visits to the hospital or hospice. Details of this service can be discussed at the time of making an appointment.