What is a Court of Protection order, Guardianship order or Controller order?
The Court of Protection is a court of England and Wales, which makes decisions on behalf of those who are incapable of doing so themselves.
If there is a need for ongoing decisions to be made on someone’s behalf, the court can give these powers to an individual. Whoever is granted these powers is referred to as a ‘deputy.’
A ‘Court of Protection order’ is the document which confirms their status as a deputy who can make decisions on behalf of the account holder.
Please note that only a Court of Protection order that has been drawn up for Property and Affairs allows a deputy to manage a bank account on behalf of the account holder.
For more information, please see the Court of Protection website.
In Scotland, a ‘Guardianship order’ operates in a very similar way to a ‘Court of Protection order.’ For more information on this, please see the Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland) website.
In Northern Ireland, a ‘Controller order’ operates in a similar fashion to a ‘Court of Protection order’ and ‘Guardianship order.’ For more information on this, please see The Office of Care and Protection website.