The Court of Protection is a specialist Court which deals with the finances and welfare of people who do not have mental capacity to make those decisions themselves. Once a claim has been settled, we work closely with the medical negligence team to ensure clients are guided and helped through the next stages.
We work with people from many different backgrounds. Our cases not only include children but also young adults and the elderly. Some people do not realise they have a claim for negligence until they speak to us and then they find managing a significant award overwhelming. We can help with this.
An award may consist of a lump sum as well as annual income payments. We take financial advice regarding investment and can then either apply to the Court for a Deputy to manage the award of someone who does not have mental capacity or we can apply for a private trust to manage the award if the Claimant is physically damaged, but retains mental capacity. This means that in future they may be able to attend annual meetings and meet their financial advisor as well as partake in decisions.
Money spent is used in a person's best interests and, bearing in mind it is a finite resource, we need to ensure that we cover the spiralling cost of care for life. We get involved with "wealth forecasting" so that we can monitor funds and ensure that they are wisely used. However, we also realise that the fund should also be used to help a person enjoy life so we help arrange to pay for holidays and have even helped clients start up their own business.
We use a holistic and bespoke approach. Each client has different needs, wants and aspirations and we help fulfil these and alleviate some of the worry, pressure and stress on the family thereby allowing them to concentrate on caring for their loved one. We have extensive connections with accountants, financial advisors, payroll specialists, case managers, education solicitors regarding SEN appeals, surveyors, architects and carers. We bring everyone together to ensure that funds are spent on exactly what they were intended for.
To discuss making an application for deputyship, please get in touch with the team on 0800 884 0722 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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