Michael Culver is a Court of Protection panel deputy for property and affairs.

He is regularly appointed directly by the Court to manage money for people unable to manage their own, who have not put a lasting power of attorney in place or where their attorneys have been removed due to acting improperly or beyond their remit.

In addition, Michael acts as a deputy for numerous clients who have received payouts as a result of personal injury litigation and often assists in such litigation with expert reports.

Michael also acts as a health and welfare deputy, assisting clients who are unable to make everyday decisions about their lifestyles.

Finally, Michael is regularly instructed to act as an attorney either alongside family members, or alone where there are none, by those needing assistance. Consequently, we have a wealth of experience of assisting people with Court of Protection (COP) applications and issues.

If you are considering making an application to the COP, if you have received notice of such an application or if you are an attorney wanting advice on what you can and cannot do please get in contact for a fixed fee appointment to discuss in more detail.

Professional Deputy Service

All deputies must comply with the 5 principles of the mental capacity act and the professional deputy standards. The 5 principles are:

  • A person must be assumed to have capacity unless it is established that they lack capacity
  • A person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision unless all practicable steps to help him to do so have been taken without success.
  • A person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision merely because he makes an unwise decision.
  • An act done or decision made, under this Act for or on behalf of a person who lacks capacity must be done, or made, in his best interests
  • Before the act is done, or the decision is made, regard must be had to whether the purpose for which it is needed can be as effectively achieved in a way that is less restrictive of the person's rights and freedom of action.

At Culver Law

We work hard to ensure our clients' views and wishes are respected and that their family's are given an opportunity to express their views regarding the major decisions made. Ultimately, however, the final decision as to what is in that person’s best interests (to the extent they cannot make their own decision), must rest with the deputy.

This is not an easy job and sometimes it takes a bit of time to come to the right decision. Part of the process often requires obtaining expert advice and predicting the best likely outcome by weighing the risk factors involved.

Professional deputies are required to report annually to the COP and an insurance bond is in place as an extra precaution. They must uphold the highest possible standards and not benefit from their position.

Michael Culver has a wealth of experience in this role and as an experienced and trusts Wills and probate and COP practitioner whilst also being a tax specialist, he is best placed to make decisions and to weigh up the likely impact of those decisions.

To discuss a case in which Michael is appointed deputy, or to discuss appointing Michael as an attorney please get in contact.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

At Culver Law, we strongly believe that everyone should have both types of LPA in place and that this document is the most important legal document you will ever sign.

If you were to suffer an illness and were unable, even temporarily, to make decisions for yourself then without the correct paperwork in place no one will be able to help you.

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