The Court of Protection can make decisions about the finances and welfare of people who cannot make decisions for themselves. If someone only has income from benefits and no capital then their affairs can be managed by an Appointee – through the Department for Work and Pension. If they have capital, i.e. savings, then a court appointed deputy will be required.
If your friend or relative:
Then you can apply to the Court of Protection. The court will either make a one-off decision or they will appoint a Deputy to manage and administer the person’s property and financial affairs.
For forms and booklets about LPA or the Court of Protection call the Office of the Public Guardian customer services:
Tel: 0300 456 0300 – phone lines are open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm (except Wednesday 10am – 5pm)