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Do you have to be able to speak English to be a Deputy?

27 April 2016

No, says the Court of Protection.

Case Details

In this case a husband, who could speak a little English but could not read and write English, was appointed Deputy for his wife.

Her children from her first marriage had objected.

The Public Guardian made it clear that each case needed to be looked at individually but in these circumstances, he had no objection.

The husband was the main carer for his wife, the estate was straightforward and a niece helped.  The husband had managed well up until now.

Comment – Here the Court of Protection looked at what had been happening on the ground for the last ten years and took the sensible view that the husband had been managing up until now with help, and could continue. The Court imposed some conditions about the property to deal with the concerns of the children from P’s first marriage.

[2016] EWCOP 14




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