Court of Protection Deputy

The Court of Protection unit is a specialist unit dedicated to dealing with the management of the property and financial affairs together with health and welfare decisions of people who lack the ability to deal with this themselves.

Client Story

Our Court of Protection deputy works closely with families and carers and ensure that the pressures and additional stresses of looking after the individuals’ personal finances are removed. We ensure that contact and liaison is maintained and decisions taken by us are understood.

We understand the importance of establishing personal relationships. This is vital in ensuring that the right decisions and suitable provision for future long term needs are made.

This cross section of experience is vital in ensuring that we comply with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and in the best interest of the client every time a decision is made. Careful consideration is given to the financial, social and welfare issues as well as legal matters.

The Court of Protection deputy will often deal with the sale or purchase of property, the making of wills and family law matters. The unit liaises with legal experts throughout Hugh James to ensure that any specialist legal issues that arise are dealt with appropriately and efficiently.

How we can help

Our Court of Protection team consists of professionals who have worked in this field for many years and who understand the difficulties faced by individuals under the Court of Protection and their families and carers.

We are committed to working with clients and their families to ensure they have particular needs and requirements are met and try to maximise their own independence wherever possible.

Our team has close links with the Court of Protection and we will provide all the practical advice and professional support you need.

Role and responsibilities of a deputy

  • Act at all times in the best interests of the person concerned.
  • Safeguard the person’s assets.
  • If they do not live with the person, visit them regularly and take an interest in their welfare.
  • Identify and provide for all the person’s personal needs from their money.
  • Work closely with the person’s carer (if applicable), ensuring the best quality of life within the funds available.
  • Claim any benefits or pensions to which the person is entitled.
  • Liaise with the Court of Protection or the Office of the Public Guardian about the person’s financial needs.
  • Keep any property in a reasonable state of repair, secure and adequately insured and oversee any sale or letting if needed.
  • Open and operate a deputy bank account for the person.
  • Ensure that all income is collected and bills are paid on time.
  • Maintain financial records and prepare annual accounts on time.
  • Deal with the person’s income tax and other tax matters.
  • Take out insurance (through a security Bond) to cover his/her dealings with the person’s funds, and pay the premium promptly when required.
  • Notify the Office of the Public Guardian of any changes in the person’s financial situation, for example, if he or she inherits any property or money.
  • Notify the Office of the Public Guardian if there is a likelihood of the person getting married, divorced or involved in other legal proceedings.
  • Co-operate with any Court of Protection Visitor – the Visitor is an independent person who may visit the incapacitated person to ensure that the receivership is working smoothly.
  • Comply promptly with all directions given by the Court of Protection or the Office of the Public Guardian.

Court of Protection useful links

Court of Protection
PO Box 70185
First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn

Telephone: 0300 456 4600

Office of the Public Guardian
PO Box 16185
B2 2WH

Telephone: 0300 456 0300
Fax: 0870 739 5780

Court Funds Office
Court Funds Office
G58 1AB

Telephone: 0300 0200 199

Official Solicitor
Official Solicitor and Public Trustee
Victory House
30-34 Kingsway

Fax: 020 3681 2762


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