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Court of Protection Deputyship (COP3) Form


"Your Path to Empowered Decision-Making: Trusted COP3 Form Assessments by Nellie Supports"

The COP3 Form is used to apply to the Court of Protection when an individual lacks the necessary capacity to make a decision for themselves. Our experts are experienced in completing assessments of capacity for a wide range of decisions, such as property and financial matters, health welfare, making a Will, and more. From our assessment, the Court will then determine if it should appoint a Deputy to manage the specified decision on behalf of the person.

Our team at Nellie Supports complete mental capacity assessments for the court of protection on a daily basis and with in excess of one thousand COP3's completed you know your in safe hands

What is a COP3 Mental Capacity Assessment?

A COP3 form is a specific document used in the process of applying for a Deputyship Order under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in England and Wales. It is an essential part of the application to the Court of Protection when an individual lacks the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves, and there is a need to appoint a Deputy to act on their behalf.

Nellie Supports has a team of qualified and experienced Social Workers who are well-versed in conducting comprehensive mental capacity assessments, including the completion of COP3 forms. They have the necessary knowledge and skills to assess an individual's capacity to make decisions accurately and professionally.

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CASE STUDY: A Timely Solution for COP3 Deputyship in Alzheimer's Dementia 

David's wife, Janet, began experiencing memory difficulties after appointments with her local memory clinic and a specialist. A diagnosis of Alzheimer's Dementia followed, leading David to seek legal support for the future. He approached a solicitor to arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) application for Janet. However, concerns arose about Janet's mental capacity to grant LPA, potentially necessitating a COP3 Deputyship.

With uncertainty looming, the solicitor advised David to contact Janet's GP for a mental capacity assessment. Frustratingly, three months passed with no response from the GP, and care home fees began mounting. The GP declined to perform the specific mental capacity assessment, leaving David in a challenging position.

In stepped Nellie Supports, offering a swift solution. David reached out to us, and within two days, we assessed Janet's capacity to grant LPA. Unfortunately, due to the delay, Janet's condition had worsened, impeding her ability to retain information. Our experienced Social Workers concluded that she lacked sufficient mental capacity for the specific decision.

To facilitate progress, our mental capacity assessor conducted a complimentary additional assessment, focusing on Janet's capability to independently manage her property and financial affairs. This allowed us to complete a COP3 Mental Capacity Assessment, bringing a sense of relief to Janet and David.

With our thorough assessment in hand, their solicitor could finalise the deputyship application without further delays. This provided the assurance that David could assist his Mum effectively moving forward.

At Nellie Supports, we understand the urgency of such situations and are dedicated to supporting families during challenging times. Our expert team ensures comprehensive mental capacity assessments, assisting in crucial decision-making processes. Whether it's Alzheimer's Dementia or any other mental capacity concern, Nellie Supports offers timely and reliable solutions, empowering families to navigate the complexities of COP3 Deputyship with confidence.

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Our assessors are accredited Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) assessors with specific experience in completing capacity assessments and specialist reports.

Financial Vulnerability Accredited

All of our assessors have undergone extra training to become accredited financial vulnerability experts according to Lichtenberg standards, so they can provide even more detailed reports on mental capacity.

All our assessments are completed by registered and accredited professional Social Workers, providing you with the utmost confidence and peace of mind. Our dedicated team ensures that every mental capacity assessment is conducted with the highest level of expertise, adhering to professional standards and ensuring the well-being and rights of individuals.

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Our COP3 Therapeutic Assessments: A Compassionate Approach

Understanding the complexities of Court of Protection (COP) cases is essential, especially when they involve sensitive and intricate situations. At Nellie Supports, we grasp the significance of an individual's mental capacity and overall well-being in such scenarios. Our meticulously designed COP3 Therapeutic Assessments are tailored to provide comprehensive insights into both cognitive and emotional aspects, all while maintaining alignment with legal requisites, including the COP3 Form.

Our approach encompasses a holistic perspective, wherein our experienced assessors delve into the individual's complete well-being, considering their mental, emotional, and psychological state. This approach ensures the individual's best interests remain the focus of the assessment. Our assessments go beyond the norm by engaging in empathetic dialogues that create a comfortable environment for individuals to express themselves freely. This therapeutic approach often reveals nuanced facets of their mental capacity, a crucial aspect of the COP3 mental capacity assessment.

Collaboration is a cornerstone of our approach. We work closely with family, legal representatives, care teams, and medical professionals to gather a comprehensive view of the individual's situation. This collaborative effort guarantees a well-rounded, accurate assessment that incorporates various perspectives in accordance with the guidelines of the COP3 Form.

The insights we provide are firmly grounded in evidence. Our reports encompass cognitive abilities, communication skills, emotional well-being, and potential fluctuations in capacity. These reports are more than just documentation; they reflect a deep understanding of the individual's mental state.

Empowerment and support are central to our approach. Our assessments empower individuals to voice their thoughts, desires, and feelings—a critical asset in legal proceedings. Moreover, our empathetic approach extends emotional support, which can be invaluable during what can often be an overwhelming process.

Our expertise is recognised and respected. Crafted in accordance with Court of Protection guidelines, our COP3 Therapeutic Assessments are well-regarded and accepted by various legal entities, including the Court of Protection, Family Courts, HM Courts and Tribunals, and the Court of Appeal.

In the realm of Court of Protection cases, navigating complexities requires legal proficiency, empathy, and sensitivity. Our COP3 Therapeutic Assessments offer a comprehensive understanding of mental capacity, ensuring an individual's rights, well-being, and desires are upheld throughout the legal journey, as outlined in the COP3 Form. With Nellie Supports, you're not simply receiving assessments; you're gaining a partner genuinely committed to the individuals at the heart of these proceedings.

  • What is a Mental Capacity Assessment to Litigate?
    A Mental Capacity Assessment to Litigate evaluates an individual's cognitive ability to understand and participate in court proceedings. Conducted by a team of experienced Social Workers, the assessment ensures fair and just legal participation.
  • Why is this assessment necessary?
    The assessment is crucial to ensure that individuals involved in legal proceedings have the cognitive ability to make informed decisions. This safeguards vulnerable individuals and upholds the legitimacy of the court proceedings.
  • What criteria must one meet to be considered capable of litigation?
    The official solicitor outlines specific criteria, such as the capacity to understand advice, the ability to make decisions in litigation, and the capacity to understand compromise. Meeting these criteria is essential for fair participation in legal matters.
  • What happens if someone lacks the required mental capacity?
    If an individual lacks the necessary mental capacity to litigate, a litigation friend may be appointed to assist in decision-making and understanding advice related to the court proceedings.
  • Who conducts the assessments?
    Our team of registered and accredited professional Social Workers at Nellie Supports conducts these assessments, adhering strictly to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 guidelines.
  • What does the assessment process involve?
    The assessment begins by gathering relevant background information about the individual. This is followed by face-to-face interactions to evaluate comprehension of legal terms, decision-making abilities, and understanding of the implications of the court case.
  • How long does it take to receive the assessment results?
    While the timing may vary based on individual circumstances, our goal is to communicate the results promptly to allow legal proceedings to proceed efficiently.
  • What does the assessment report include?
    The report outlines the findings, observations, and conclusions regarding an individual's capacity to engage in court proceedings. It is a detailed and well-documented account of the individual's mental capacity.
  • Are your reports court-compliant?
    Yes, our reports are fully court-compliant and meet the specific requirements set out in both CRP35 and Family Court Rules. Conducted by our team of registered and accredited professional Social Workers, these assessments strictly adhere to the legal framework set forth by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and other relevant legislation. The comprehensive nature of our reports makes them suitable for presentation and acceptance in both civil and family court settings.
  • How can I schedule an appointment for a Mental Capacity Assessment to Litigate?
    To make an appointment, you can contact our team at Nellie Supports by calling 0333 987 5118 or emailing
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Our assessments are conducted with a therapeutic approach, recognising the potential emotional and psychological impact such evaluations can have.

We approach each assessment with empathy and sensitivity, creating a safe and comfortable environment for the individual being assessed. Our skilled assessors are trained not only in the legal and procedural aspects but also in effective communication and rapport-building. We engage in meaningful conversations, ensuring that the individual's voice and preferences are heard and respected throughout the assessment process. Moreover, we are keenly aware that mental capacity can fluctuate, and it can be influenced by various factors such as stress, anxiety, and health conditions. With this in mind, we take a holistic view, considering not only the individual's current state but also their history, context, and potential future changes.

Our therapeutic approach aims to reduce any anxiety or discomfort associated with the assessment, fostering an atmosphere of collaboration and understanding. We believe that this approach not only ensures accurate and reliable assessments but also contributes to the overall well-being of the individuals we serve. At Nellie Supports, your emotional and psychological comfort is as important to us as the technical aspects of the assessment.

Compassionate Mental Capacity Assessments with a Therapeutic Touch

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