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Nellie Supports - Ensuring Timely COP3 Mental Capacity Assessments for Your Loved Ones

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

As a private social work practice, Nellie Supports is dedicated to providing essential assistance to individuals seeking orders from the court of protection. One of the fundamental requirements for such applications is a mental capacity assessment, tailored to the specific decision at hand, be it financial deputyship or creating a statutory will. The importance of these assessments cannot be understated, as they play a crucial role in safeguarding the rights and well-being of vulnerable individuals.

At Nellie Supports, we understand that many families are facing urgent situations when seeking court of protection orders. Whether it's due to a loved one's dementia, traumatic injury, or any other mental impairment, time is of the essence. Unfortunately, we often receive distressing calls from individuals who have been waiting for their GP to complete the COP3 assessment for months, only to be told that it couldn't be done. Such delays can cause further stress and complications down the road.

The Mental Capacity Act (2005) provides a two-stage test for determining whether

someone lacks the capacity to make a specific decision:

Stage 1 - Assess whether there is an impairment or disturbance in the functioning of the person's mind or brain.

Stage 2 - Determine if the person is unable to perform one or more of the following four tasks:

  1. Understand the information provided.

  2. Retain that information long enough to make a decision.

  3. Weigh up the available information.

  4. Communicate their decision effectively, whether verbally, through sign language, or other means.

Our team of expert social workers at Nellie Supports is well-versed in conducting thorough mental capacity assessments. In cases where an individual is found to lack sufficient mental capacity, we ensure that the COP3 forms are completed accurately and in compliance with the court of protection's standards.

We recognize the urgency of these matters, which is why we aim for a swift seven-day turnaround from the moment of instruction to providing you with the digitally signed COP3 assessment. Additionally, we send original documents via first-class mail at the same time.

Why wait when your loved one can't?

At Nellie Supports, we take pride in offering reliable and efficient services to help you navigate the complexities of the court of protection. Your loved one's well-being is our top priority, and we are dedicated to supporting you through every step of the process.

To find out more about our COP3 assessment service and how we can assist you, please visit our website:

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