Court of Protection: personal welfare application (COP GN4)
When and how to make a ‘personal welfare application’ for the power to make a decision for someone who lacks mental capacity.
This guidance explains how to use the 5 principles of the Mental Capacity Act to make decisions about the health and welfare of someone who lacks mental capacity.
It also explains that you may need to make a ‘personal welfare application’ to the Court of Protection, for example, if:
- a decision concerns treatment to which the person cannot consent
- a decision is difficult or complex
- someone disagrees with a course of action
- the person needs ongoing help with decisions relating to personal health and welfare
You might be able to apply for help with Court of Protection fees.
Published 1 December 2017