Wardship/Wards of Court
Where a person who has not executed an Enduring Power of Attorney is or is becoming mentally incapable of looking after his or her affairs, an application can be made to the President of the High Court to have the person in question made a Ward of Court. If the court is satisfied that the person is incapable of managing his or her affairs, the President of the High Court will make an Order taking that person into wardship and will appoint a person, called “a committee”, with whom the Wards of Court Office will liaise regarding decisions to be made about the Ward.
The application to have someone made a Ward of Court is usually though not always made by a member of the person’s family.
Unlike an Enduring Power of Attorney, where the donor has decided who is to look after their affairs by way of a private, legally binding document, an application and Order making someone a Ward of Court is a public matter, administered by the High Court.
There are other circumstances in which an application might be made to have someone made a Ward of Court. One such situation is where a minor (a person under 18 years of age) has been awarded substantial damages by a Court and has ongoing care needs.
At Porter Morris LLP Solicitors, we are keenly aware of how sensitive and difficult it can be for people involved in Wards of Court applications and wardship. We have the expertise and many years’ experience to advise on all aspects of wardship and Wards of Court applications and management of a ward’s affairs once a Wardship Order has been made.