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(Court of Protection, Senior Judge Denzil Lush, 7 December 2011)
The elderly lady suffered from dementia and required a deputy to manage her affairs. A solicitor on the panel of approved deputies applied to act as her deputy but the woman's niece objected and suggested that she should be appointed instead.
In appointing a deputy the judge had to exercise his discretion in what was in the person's best interests. Generally speaking, in the absence of good reason, a close relative or friend was preferable.
The niece was appointed as the woman's deputy.