The Court of Protection looks after people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves when there is a dispute between people as to what is in their best interests. A person may lack capacity because of a mental health condition, a learning disability or a consequence of old age and dementia. The decisions a court can make cover such things as where a person lives, who to have contact with, whether to get married and how they should be cared for.
In an ideal world people affected by mental deterioration will have previously made a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and appointed an attorney to manage their affairs on their behalf. If an LPA does not exist Star Legal can assist in making an application to the Court of Protection.
The Court of Protection also considers issues in relation to the deprivation of liberty of people who lack capacity.
We understand how distressing and difficult this process can be and have a team of dedicated solicitors who work closely with our clients to ensure they remain involved in the decision making process and understand what is being done on their behalf. We also assist family members where necessary.