LPA Safeguarding in practice – when things go wrong – Part 3
This blog was first published by Lawskills and has been replicated here in part, the original article is available on the following link
LPA Safeguarding in practice – when things go wrong
In our last article, John Smith lost capacity and his Lasting Power of Attorney had been invoked. John had appointed his niece to manage his financial affairs, and his solicitor as his professional safeguarder to ensure that any transactions are in John’s interest and above board.
Now, we discover that John’s niece, is under financial pressure because she has significant gambling debts – both John and his solicitor were unaware that she had any gambling problems. She has been using John’s money to service her debts.
Because John appointed a safeguarder, and all the transaction information is transparent within Switchfoot Teams, John’s solicitor has identified some unexpected and unexplained withdrawals and payments from John’s account. The safeguarder raised their concern with the Office of Public Guardian and is able to produce a comprehensive report of John’s finances as evidence.
It is clear that John’s niece can no longer be trusted to manage his finances, so an application is made to the Court of Protection to revoke the LPA and appoint a deputy. The court then appoints a professional deputy from the panel to manage John’s finances from that point.
The Deputy’s Role
Often, when a court-appointed deputy takes over from an attorney under an LPA, they have to deal with poor paperwork, missing records and disorganised administration. John’s decision to use Switchfoot Teams, however, means that the deputy is in a much better position to get straight on with managing John’s affairs:
- Detailed records help in attempting to recover the lost assets from the previous attorney.
- The deputy can produce accounts, using Switchfoot Teams, to help complete the OPG deputy return.
- When making best interest decisions on John’s behalf, section 4(7) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Chapter 5 of the code of practice sets out requirements for the deputy to consult with others. The ability to invite others into Switchfoot Teams, and control the sharing of information and documents, makes it easy for the deputy to consult.
Partnering with Switchfoot Teams
Switchfoot Wealth has partnered with Switchfoot Teams to provide access to the Switchfoot Teams portal which has been developed to meet the needs of attorneys, deputies and trustees.
To find out more, contact us today.