Protecting the interests of the learning disabled
Appointing an Attorney for a learning disabled individual can ensure that the best decisions are always made on their behalf. Giles Wilson can offer practical advice and support, helping you to understand how they work and approaching the Court of Protection to get one made.
Powers of Attorney let you manage and make best interest decisions about the life of a vulnerable or learning disabled person. Two different forms of Power of Attorney exist. A Power of Attorney for property and finance can enable the Attorney to make decisions relating to the financial matters of a learning disabled individual, from selling their property to how they manage their money. A Power of Attorney for health and welfare enables the Attorney to make day-to-day decisions on behalf of the vulnerable individual, from where they live to the refusal or acceptance of medical treatment.
Where a learning disabled individual has the mental capacity to make decisions for himself, appointing an Attorney can be a simple and straightforward process, as long as you have the right guidance. Where this is the case, Giles Wilson can provide support and advice to learning disabled individuals to appoint trusted people to look after aspects of their life.
Where this is not the case, however, we can work with parents, guardians or carers to approach the Court of Protection to obtain the necessary Deputyship orders. A Deputy can be any trusted person present in the life of the learning disabled individual, from a parent to a carer. However, if such a person doesn't exist, then the Court will appoint a Panel Deputy, someone like Giles Wilson Partner, Melinda Giles, who will make decisions that they believe to be in the best interests of the individual.