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In addition to an application to the Court of Protection in connection with the appointment of a Deputy, applications can be made to the Court in respect of many other matters.

The Court of Protection can make crucial decisions about the lives of vulnerable people who are deemed to be unable to make their own choices, including compelling vulnerable adults/persons at risk to undergo surgery and ordering the removal of life-sustaining treatment.

A recent case heard of a woman who refused life-sustaining treatment because of the fear of becoming old and ugly. This was clearly a heart-breaking decision for her family and was also contrary to the views of the hospital. Whilst considered by many to be unwise or immoral, the Court ruled that she was entitled to make her own decision as to whether or not to accept treatment. This was her right and, whilst retaining her mental capacity, she was perfectly entitled to make this decision.

We have extensive experience in advising on applications to the Court of Protection. Our experts will work closely with the individual and their family to ensure all decisions made are in the best interests of the individual.

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