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Nicholls Law manages the property and financial affairs of adults who are deemed mentally incapable of doing this themselves and lack support from family and friends. We recognise that these individuals are some of the most vulnerable members of society, and safeguarding their assets is our primary focus.

What sets the team at Nicholls Law apart is our unique blend of experience from both private and public sector backgrounds. Unlike the majority of law firms in this field who approach the work solely from a private sector perspective, our team possesses a comprehensive understanding of day-to-day operations. We have successfully developed and implemented these services for our public sector clients, giving us an in-depth understanding of the intricacies involved.

With extensive experience in this field, we offer a comprehensive money management system for individuals who are unable to handle their finances due to mental incapacity. Operating in an inherently complex area, our success is built upon cutting-edge software, specialised expertise, a cost-effective approach, a commitment to security, practicality, and above all, a compassionate approach.  By collaborating with the wider care team supporting the individual, we can fully dedicate ourselves to our core responsibility: administering our clients’ funds and assets.

At Nicholls Law, we understand the critical importance of our role in ensuring the financial well-being and security of vulnerable individuals. By entrusting us with the management of their affairs, you can have confidence in our comprehensive systems and unwavering dedication to our clients’ best interests.

Appointeeship & Deputyship: What is the difference?

An appointeeship is similar to a Financial Lasting Power of Attorney but with a specific limitation of dealing with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for benefits. In an appointeeship, a designated individual is appointed to manage the welfare benefits and financial affairs of a person who is unable to do so.

Deputyship, like a Lasting Power of Attorney, involves the courts granting someone a deputyship instead of the individual choosing and appointing someone as their attorney. Deputyships cover both financial and property matters, as well as health and welfare, depending on the specific circumstances and court order.

Comforting hands Elder client court of protection trusts

Overall, appointeeships and deputyships (court of protection) are very similar. Both an appointeeship and a deputyship involve being appointed by a government agency to take care of a person’s financial affairs after they have become incapable of doing so themselves. However, when you look a little closer there are several key differences. 

Firstly, deputies are supervised and regulated by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) whereas appointees are regulated by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Secondly, the level of authority and responsibilities individuals in these roles differ. Deputies have broader responsibilities, including managing savings, pensions and all other sources of income or assets including property and valuables. The specific authority granted by the Court of Protection varies depending on the court order. On the other hand, appointees are limited to managing a person’s welfare benefits to ensure that everyday bills are paid and to report any changes in circumstances to the DWP.

As a result, appointees have a more restricted level of legal authority, focused solely on welfare benefit payments.  

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