Letter to GP to complete COP3 in connection with deputyship application
Letter to GP to complete COP3 in connection with deputyship application

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  • Letter to GP to complete COP3 in connection with deputyship application

Dear Dr [insert name of GP]

Re: [insert name of patient]

We are instructed on behalf of [insert name of proposed deputy] and understand that the above named is your patient.

Our client has instructed us to prepare an application to the Court of Protection for the appointment of [him OR her] as the Deputy of [insert name of patient] so that [he OR she] can make decisions on behalf of [insert name of patient] on the grounds that they lack capacity to make those decisions.

An application to the Court of Protection is required to be supported by evidence as to capacity by Form COP3 which is enclosed for your completion.

Under the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 a person is deemed to have capacity unless it can be proved otherwise. Capacity is not a global concept but one that is geared to the specific decision to be made. Thus it is conceivable that a person may have capacity to make a specific decision but not another. In those circumstances it is necessary to establish the following factors:

    1. 1

      what decisions have to be made

    1. 2

      does the patient lack the ability to make

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