If a friend or relative loses the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves and there is no Power of Attorney in place, then nobody – not even a spouse – possesses the legal authority to deal with their affairs. If this is the case, you can apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as a deputy – meaning you will be authorised to make decisions on behalf of your friend or relative.
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.
At Furley Page, we act on your behalf and that of your loved one with sensitivity and professionalism at all times.
Our team of specialists have a wealth of experience in Court of Protection work and can help you with:
Nicola August heads up our team and is an approved Panel Deputy of the Court of Protection. Nicola is the only Panel Deputy in East Kent and Medway, highlighting her level of expertise in this highly specialised area of work.
Where an individual does not have someone in the role of deputy, or in more complex circumstances where a professional deputy is required, Nicola may be called upon by the Court of Protection to act on their behalf.
The Office of the Public Guardian assess services provided by Panel Deputies through their Panel Deputy Assurance Visit system. The Furley Page team passed their most recent assessment with flying colours.
We know it is not always easy for our clients to visit our offices, so we are happy to visit you in your own home, or in a hospital or hospice if necessary.
To ensure that we meet the needs of all our clients, we can also provide the following: