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What is the role of the Court of Protection and Public Guardianship Office?

The Public Guardianship Office helps look after the affairs of people who are not mentally capable of doing so themselves.  They are part of the Department of Constitutional Affairs and is the administrative section of the Court of Protection.

Any patient who receives damages of more than £30,000 will have their compensation held by the Court of Protection and a Deputy will be appointed to act in the best interests of that person including looking after their property and making sure their money is being used to give them the best possible quality of life.

A  Deputy could be a parent or guardian, it could be a spouse or sibling or indeed anyone who is capable of fulfilling the role.  Where there is no one who is willing or able to apply then the Court can appoint a professional Deputy.  This could be your solicitor or someone from an approved panel.  Where a professional Deputy is going to be appointed then it is usually possible to recover their fees as part of the damages.

We have experience of acting as a Deputy for our clients and will be pleased to discuss this further with you if you would like to know more.

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