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Spending spree

What can happen potentially if a lay deputy does not appreciate or wilfully disregards the limits of their deputyship order authority? Asks Matthew Evans

24 June 2013

Senior Judge Lush recently considered an application in the Court of Protection by lay deputies MJ and JM to retrospectively approve money that they had given away on GM’s behalf since the start of their deputyship (unreported, case 11843118). At the time of the application, MJ and JM did not have legal representation and applied on the Office of the Public Guardian’s (OPG) suggestion.

SJ Lush heard that GM’s assets originally totalled about £498,...

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