The Court of Protection is one of the most important legal pathways to protect the best interests of the vulnerable in society. It is also often misunderstood and the subject of undue bad press for blocking actions and “taking people’s money” from them.
As members of Giles Wilson’s award-winning Private Client team, Melinda Giles and Kirsty Buxton know better than anyone the significance of the Court of Protection, and the valuable role it plays in protecting the rights, welfare and finances of those who are no longer able to make their own decisions.
In this episode, they discuss:
What the Court of Protection is, who it is designed to protect, and the checks and balances it uses to help the vulnerable
The decision-specific and time-specific nature of the Mental Capacity Act
What a Statutory Will is and what is required for it to be granted
Why collaboration helps keep costs down when applying for a Statutory Will
Why a family member may not always be the best choice for a Power of Attorney
The difference between a Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare and Power of Attorney for Property & Financial Affairs
What people can do if they believe a loved one is the target of financial abuse by their attorney