The Protection of Personal Property and Rights
The Protection of Property and Personal Rights Act 1988 (PPPR Act)
When someone we know is no longer able to look after themselves…
Family members, social workers and medical practitioners often find themselves in a situation where their relative, client or patient has lost the capacity to make decisions relating to that person’s welfare, property and finances due to getting older.
Also, members of families with a child that has an intellectual disability inevitably face the obstacle of being able to continue to make decisions for their child when their child reaches the age of 18 and is seen as an adult in the eyes of the law.
Who does the Act protect?
The Protection of Property and Personal Rights Act 1988 (PPPR Act) protects those who are over the age of 18; and:
- Have an intellectual disability; or
- are mentally ill; or
- who have suffered a severe head injury and are unable to make decisions for themselves; and
- The PPPR Act also applies to those who are elderly and have become mentally incapacitated.
How can the Law help?
The PPPR Act 1988 provides the Family Court with the jurisdiction to make Orders that appoint a suitable person who is given authority by the Court. This enables the appointed person to make decisions in respect of the person who unable to do so themselves in relation to their welfare, property and financial matters.
Let us assist you. If you need assistance in applying to the Family Court for PPPR Orders that relate to a relative, client or patient we are here to help. If you do not have funds or access to money or are on a benefit you may well be entitled to a grant of legal aid and we can walk you through this process.
Call us at Adrianne McLean, Barrister on 09 869 2097, to make an appointment.