Office of the Public Guardian
Following sweeping changes about the way in which the issue of mental capacity should be treated new principles, a new Court of Protection (CoP) and a new Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) were introduced.
The role of the OPG is to help protect those who lack capacity by:
- keeping a register of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs)
- keeping a register of court orders appointing deputies
- supervising deputies acting under deputyship orders and working with other relevant organisations (for example, Social Services)
- sending CoP visitors to see people who may lack capacity or their attorneys to make particular decisions for them
- providing reports to the CoP as requested
- dealing with representations (including complaints) about attorneys or deputies
Dealing with the CoP and the OPG can be complex, long-winded, costly and frustrating. At Hart Brown our specialist lawyers are experienced in both the previous and the current regime and familiar with all of the many procedures.