We use our knowledge and experience to give you the service you need at this time. We offer personal attention, we use plain language and we provide practical and impartial advice through every stage of the Wardship process
We have also taken steps to ensure that all applications can be transacted by telephone, email or post in order to reduce the inconvenience caused in the process of the application.
We have set out below an overview of Wardships. If you have more specific queries please contact us. We would be delighted to be of assistance.
Where an individual can no longer make decisions for him/herself, then the only option open to the family is to apply to the High Court to make the individual a Ward of Court. The Wardship procedure is complex. A committee is appointed to deal with a person’s affairs when that person no longer has the capacity to do so themselves.
The Wardship procedure is commenced in the High Court. The High Court will direct an inquiry into the capacity of the individual prior to determining whether the individual should be taken under the protection of the Court.
Two doctors will be required to provide evidence of the incapacity of the individual. If the Court is satisfied that the matter should proceed further, then the individual will be medically examined and a report furnished to the High Court on the capacity of the individual. If no objections are then filed, a “Declaration Order” may be made declaring the individual to be of unsound mind and incapable of managing his/her affairs and taken into Wardship.
The order will also appoint named persons usually the next-of-kin as the Committee of the Ward. All of the Wards funds and/or assets are then lodged with the Accountant of the High Court, and he will have the responsibility for these funds.
The appointed Committee of the Ward of Court will oversee the Ward’s wellbeing and liaise with the Registrar of the Ward of Courts regarding their needs and requirements.
As Specialist Solicitors in Wardship, we are happy to assist or advise you in any aspect of your Wardship applications. If you need more information, you can contact us.
After discussing your situation with you, we can advise you how to proceed. We look forward to hearing from you.
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