Representing the person
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 enables individuals to give people they trust a lasting power of attorney to manage their affairs if they lack capacity to make certain decisions for themselves in the future. The Act also creates protection for people who already lack capacity by establishing the role of Court-appointed deputies. The Office of the Public Guardian oversees and supports the functions of attorneys and deputies.
Office of the Public Guardian
The Office of the Public Guardian helps people plan for decisions if they lose capacity.
Lasting power of attorney
Allows individuals to give people they trust authority to manage their affairs if they lose capacity.
The Court of Protection appoints deputies to make decisions for people who lack capacity.