News article published on: 24th June 2014
Many people who suffer a head injury want to retain control of their affairs and rehabilitation can help them to do this. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was passed to ensure that a person with a head or brain injury should be given assistance enabling them to make their own decisions before anyone else is authorised to take decisions on their behalf.
However, in some circumstances if a head injury makes this difficult to do you may need some support in doing this, especially if you have been awarded a lump sum by way of compensation.
In these circumstances you can set up an arrangement with the ‘Court of Protection’. The court can give powers to appoint what is called a Deputy who is under a responsibility to act in the best interests of the individual whom they are assisting to manage their finances.
The private client department at Osbornes is able to advice you more on appointing a Deputy and the Court of Protection procedure.