The Court of Protection opened up to the public and media for the first time this year.
The Court of Protection hears cases for those people who do not have mental capacity to make their own decisions. The Court can decided on issues of welfare and financial matters. Although opening up the Court to the public and media, will allow for a better understanding by the public as to the decisions the Court of Protection can, make it is incumbent upon it to ensure that privacy of individuals is protected.
To apply for the Court of Protection to decide what should happen to a family member or friend, because that person can no longer make such decisions themself is costly, but luckily with the onset LPA's we have a solution to save the need for the Court of protection to get involved.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA's) are designed to reduce the number of persons needing to make applications to the Court of Protection. LPA's allow individuals to decide (whilst they still have mental capacity) who should make decision upon their behalf on matters of health, welfare, property and finance. For example you can make decisions about your daily care, medical care, sale of your property if you no longer are able to live there, if your attorneys should get paid, life sustaining treatment....... A person entering into an LPA can appoint family, friends or a professional to be an attorney for them and therefore can have the peace of mind that it is the actual person of their choosing, who has agreed to take on the role of attorney, if it is required.
LPA's are an inexpensive way to to get the ducks all in the row you desire.
If you would like more information on LPA's or Court of Protection please contact Victoria on 01953 883535