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Well I'm just concerned about the application and what kind of application I need to make. We had planned to go for power of attorney but it's too late for that. I just want to know what kind of thing the court looks for and how much needs to be disclosed.
I have looked at the stuff on the CoP site and OPG but it's all a bit confusing and some of the questions are a bit ambiguous. I have never been convicted of fraud or made bankrupt. This this is for my mother I'm applying. She was diagnosed before we / she could act and now it's reached crisis point where we're having to make decisions on her care and maintenance and can't legally access what funds she may have. For example am I applying to be a deputy or am I applying to just have management of her financial and property affairs. There is one question that is asking the same thing twice. I'm also keen to know what information is provided up front - i.e. how am I to access her accounts and provide a status report if I don't have legal right to do so? I'm concerned about handing so much power to the court given that I have no real faith in the current system of care.
Hi there, Yes. most of it. there may be some that we're not aware of. She had savings accounts and insurance policies all over the place. But I think I have the bulk of it. She also has debts so I need authority to move money from once place to another. I'm also struggling with the form in that I have no idea who needs to be informed and how many organisations I need to inform at application stage. There don't seem to be any guidance notes for the form and I'm wary of potentially filling it in wrongly, because of any issue I might have with apparently not being truthful or possibly lengthening the process. Should I call the OPG? Also the form asks about permission. What does this relate to? Do I need permission and if so who from?
Oh yes. There could be arguments over how best mum is cared for. Up to now we have managed to sort it between us but one of my sister's is quite combative. The value of assets, including family home, is circa £250k. We - two sisters, are currently looking after her at home, but we have have to confront the idea that she needs to go into a care home. I'm trying very hard to make sure that if that happens, at least her home won't need to be sold.
Thanks Clare. How rigorously are they checked? e.g it asks who should be notified and at this stage I have no idea? Who does need to be notified? Can it be challenged?