Court of Protection Deputy

Court of Protection Deputy


so there are many important aspects in my role as a as a Court ofProtection Deputy perhaps a
paramount importance is the ability to protect a vulnerable person’s
interests local people can be all sorts of people,
people that have suffered traumatic brain injury maybe at birth or maybe as a result of a
road traffic accident or somebody elderly in the advanced
stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s and that incapacity
person is my client and it is very important that only put that clients interests
first. Secondly it’s very important that I
develop and maintain a good working
relationships with family members I need the family’s cooperation so that together we can implement a plan for the incapacitated person. The family
of course would have known the incapacitated person maybe since
birth and they can provide a very full picture all the needs of that person so that
communication I have with the family is key. As deputy I am the messenger for the incapacitated
person and so it’s so important the family
except me and no that we’re on board together.
It’s also very important that I manage to create order out of chaos and I mean that in a number of ways firstly very often
court papers that we receive are not in good order there in a mess
and need sorting but more particularly the client’s
affairs of very often in a mess when the order appointing me has been made and I need to find clarity for that
person about that current financial situation and from that I need
to create a plan and I need to do this inexpensively and quickly. There are of course many challenges in my role as a Court Of Protection Deputy. I need to
work out what my client would have wanted if they had actually had capacity. It’s
extremely unlikely that I would have known that person
before they lost capacity and so I’m dependent on going at the family’s pace learning from
the family what is required. I need to go that pace very often much slower because
families are under distress because of the situation
they find their loved one. It’s also a great
challenge to deal with family members who all
unable or unwilling to work with me. There is always resistance to a stranger being
the gatekeeper of the money I i understand that I
would be the same I’m seen as an intruder on the family’s
private affairs now if my clients is a child or young
person the family are in a terrible state of shock and I
need to be sensitive to that and ten percent of my cases
unfortunately the family themselves can be dysfunctional and I need to be
very sensitive to those family members in relation to the resistance there’s going to be
frustration by their family sadness loss and and confusion and I need to work hard not to take any comments they make about me personally they’re not being
deliberately belligerent and I used by mediation skills as an
accredited mediator to buy into that family, to overcome those difficulties I also who need to safeguard the interests of the vulnerable person so take elderly clients I have to decide where the client will live whether it’s in
their own home all maybe they need to go into
residential care of course the costs of care will result in a reduction in family
inheritance and that in itself course is a tension
between the family and the incapacitated person and my role but again these difficulties have to be
overcome because in the end it’s my job to ensure
that my clients well-being is always put before the needs or
desires the next generation. Of course my job is also very rewarding
there’s no doubt he’s a privilege to be vulnerable persons voice to ensure that their financial and
personal needs all central at all times in the way in
which I operate. There can be the great reward working
closely with the family families can offer special and personal
touches to make the vulnerable persons life more comfortable and of course I believe that’s the very best outcome
for all of us

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