Prior to the pandemic, we at Watkins & Gunn launched the “Court of Protection Awareness Campaign’” (#COPAC), with a view to raising awareness and promoting access to justice for the most vulnerable in society. Tom Evans, our Solicitor and Professional Court of Protection Deputy, provided a series of free talks and training sessions for care organisations and non-professional carers. These talks sought to equip various support networks with the knowledge and understanding to ensure the vulnerable people in their care were offered the help and support they needed, whether that be through the appointment of a Deputy by the Court of Protection or by appointing an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
People with capacity difficulties are often unable to independently seek out the help and advice they need; they are often reliant upon care professionals, friends or family to do so for them. Following #COPAC’s free advice sessions, a vulnerable person’s support network will be able recognise capacity issues and take the initial steps to ensure the person in their care is supported.
The Court of Protection is a special Court which can make decisions on behalf of adults who have lost the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves. These decisions can relate to a person’s health and welfare or a person’s property and finances. The Court may appoint a Deputy to act as ‘decision-maker’ on behalf of the incapacitated person. A Deputy may be a trusted friend or relative, or a professional.
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document by which a person who does have the requisite mental capacity appoints a trusted relative, friend or professional to act as their ‘attorney’. The attorney may be appointed to make decisions regarding health and welfare issues and/or property and finances. These are extremely powerful tools and it is very important that the ‘donor’ (the person making the LPA) is fully aware of the powers which are being transferred to the attorney.
In our ‘new-normal’, we must adapt to the challenges brought about by the everchanging lockdown rules. The Court of Protection Awareness Campaign’s free training and advice sessions are now available to any care organisation in the form of an interactive webinar and Q&A, which can be booked in advance and tailored to the specific needs or concerns of the group.
A COPAC training sessions cover a range of topics, including:
A training session will also be followed by a Q&A session with our specialist Solicitor.