Unfortunately it is not always possible for people to make Lasting Powers of Attorney (otherwise known as an LPA); usually because it has been left too late and mental capacity has already been lost.
An LPA allows you to appoint someone or even a few people to manage your property and finances and/or make decisions about your health and welfare when you no longer have the capacity to do so. If it is not possible to do an LPA then there is still something you can do, in these cases an application can be made to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy or Deputies.
Putting your affairs in order- what exactly does this mean?
The phrase ‘putting your affairs in order’ is quite commonly used, but what exactly does this process entail? We’ve written this blog to help explain in detail what may be involved in the process and we also highlight some of the key things you will need to consider along the way.
Deputyship fee refunds scheme
You might be eligible for a refund if you were overcharged deputyship fees by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for England and Wales. Refunds are being offered to those who were charged more than was necessary for certain deputyship fees charged for any period between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015.
Court reform gives stronger protection for victims and witnesses
Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.