Our leading Court of Protection solicitors can help you become a welfare deputy to make decisions on behalf of a loved one who lacks mental capacity.
When someone lacks mental capacity, they may be unable to make important decisions about their life. This can include welfare decisions such as where they should live, who they should live with, and about their day-to-day care.
Someone might be unable to make this kind of decision if, for example:
They’ve had a serious brain injury or illness
They have dementia
They have severe learning disabilities.
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 gives parents, family members and friends the right to be consulted about decisions made for people who lack mental capacity.
This often works as intended, but there are growing concerns from families and disability rights campaigners about how well the Act is being applied.
More and more people are choosing to become welfare deputies to make sure that their loved ones’ best interests are respected. A welfare deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection and can make certain decisions on behalf of a person who doesn’t have the mental capacity to do so themselves.
Welfare deputyship is helpful for families in lots of situations. For example, it can help ensure that you remain the ‘decision-maker’ for your child when they turn 18. It is also helpful if you have difficulty getting information from health care providers about your loved one or if you feel that you aren’t being included in best interest decisions.
Whatever your situation, we can help you make sure that the best decisions are made for the people you care about.
Our Court of Protection team is ranked as the best in the UK by independent ranking organisations Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. We also have offices in 15 cities across the UK so we can help wherever you are based.
If you would like to be appointed as a welfare deputy,
contact us online or call our friendly team on 0800 028 1943 to find out more.
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