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We at Gillhams are here to guide you when the pressure is on to make difficult decisions on behalf of your loved ones.

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When a loved one is no longer capable of making decisions for themselves, the pressure is on you to make the right choices for them. But it doesn’t have to be a lonely struggle.

We understand how hard it is on you when a family member is assessed as lacking the mental capacity to make their own decisions. We also recognise how important it is to ensure that all their affairs are managed correctly and efficiently, especially when money or property are involved, or if decisions about their health or long-term care are required. If this is the situation you are faced with, then now is the time to think about applying to the Court of Protection to appoint a Deputy: someone who will manage your loved one’s affairs on their behalf.

Applying to The Court of Protection requires careful consideration. Quite apart from all the documentation and information required, applicants need to consider a range of factors, which the Court will take into account when deciding whether to accept an application. These include: looking at the relationship between the applicant and the person in question; the reason for the application; and whether the same result could be achieved without a court order. And of course deciding who will take on the role of Deputy needs to be addressed at the outset. Needless to say, whoever applies – whether it’s you, another relative or friend or indeed a professional – everyone must fully understand what responsibilities and duties are involved and be willing and able to perform them.

We understand how daunting applying for, and undertaking, this commitment can be; that sometimes having to think about this process at a time when you are concerned for the wellbeing of a loved one, can seem overwhelming. But we can make it easier for you: specialising in Court of Protection matters with a team of highly experienced Court of Protection solicitors, Gillhams can guide you through all the stages involved: from ensuring your application is correct in all respects; to supporting you once you become a deputy; to stepping in, if you want us to, and taking on the role of deputy, ourselves – taking some of the pressure off you and your family. We are recognised for our expertise in this area and understand just how important making decisions about someone’s future care and well-being really is; we know what we are doing.

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Our Court of Protection services:

Advising on options and process

Applying to the Court of Protection

Representation at court

Putting the court’s decision into practice


Contested applications

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