Client Affairs Team policy
Among other things, the Mental Capacity Act provides for people who lack capacity to be legally represented either by:
- someone they chose and appointed through a power of attorney (an attorney) while they still had capacity, or
- if the person did not appoint an attorney, by a deputy appointed by the Court of Protection
Most people choose someone like their spouse or partner, a family member, a friend or a professional advisor (like the family solicitor or accountant) to be their attorney. These representatives are also preferred by the Court of Protection if it has to appoint a deputy.
If there is no suitable person to act as deputy, the Court may appoint a deputy who is independent of the family. When the Court appoints the authorised officer of Gloucestershire County Council to manage someone’s financial and property affairs, duties and responsibilities are delegated to our Client Affairs Team.
This specialist team acts in the person’s best interests and is subject to supervision by the Office of the Public Guardian.
The controls which apply to the Client Affairs Team are outlined in the Client Affairs Team policy.