Cop3

A COP3 is a court issued certificate that grants authority to someone, usually a trusted family member or professional, to make important financial and property decisions on behalf of the individual who has been assessed to lack the mental capacity to do so for themselves.

Why is a COP3 required?

A Deputyship Order can give you legal authority to support someone without Mental Capacity with practical aspects and decision making in their day to day life. You might wish to apply to the Court of Protection to become a Deputy if you are supporting someone with memory difficulties, or a learning disability, who appears to lack understanding into decisions around their health and social care needs, or managing their property and financial affairs.

COP3 Capacity Insights (1)

Here a person is not able to verbally communicate their decisions by any means, we work alongside Speech and Language Therapists and Case Managers to ensure that the person is supported to communicate as best they can, for example, by using sign-language, eye gaze technology, Talking Mats, social stories, pictures and other methods of communication.

The process of obtaining a COP3 involves several steps, including applying to the Court of Protection, providing medical evidence of the individual’s lack of mental capacity, and demonstrating the need for a deputy (the person appointed to manage affairs) to act in the individual’s best interests.

The court carefully assesses each application to ensure that the appointed deputy is suitable and trustworthy. Once approved, the deputy must adhere to strict guidelines outlined in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to make decisions that are in the best interests of the individual.

A COP3 serves as a safeguard to protect vulnerable individuals and prevent financial exploitation or mismanagement of their assets. It provides a legal framework to ensure that someone with the necessary skills and integrity is responsible for managing their financial affairs.
Overall, a COP3 is a vital legal instrument designed to balance the need to protect the rights and assets of individuals lacking mental capacity with the requirement for responsible and compassionate decision-making in their best interests.

What’s involved with the assessment and how long does the assessment last?

We appreciate that assessments can cause some anticipatory anxiety. We therefore seek to complete your assessment in the comfort of your home. In circumstances where this is not possible, we are able to undertake assessments over a secure video platform.

Following on from the meeting, the assessor will complete a comprehensive report within 10 working days.

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Contact Us Today

When it comes to securing expert witness services for mental capacity assessments, you need a team that not only understands the law but also excels in the practical application of that knowledge.

Capacity Insight’s team is that trusted resource. We are a team of experts who can help you navigate the complexities of mental capacity.

If you are ready to discuss your case or have any questions about our services, then reach out to us today to learn more about how we can support your legal needs.

Jo Hume-Gurney - Lead Consultant
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