Objections

We review objections to certain decision support arrangements. This section provides information about who can make an objection, the reasons an objection can be made and how to make one.

Some people can object to the registration of certain decision support arrangements. This means they are challenging or formally disagreeing with something about the arrangement. This could be a concern about the types of decisions included in the arrangement, the person’s capacity to enter into the arrangement, or the suitability of the decision supporter.

How can you appeal a decision about an objection?

If you are not happy about a decision we have made about an objection, you can ask us to review our decision. There are specific reasons you can ask us for a review.

You can also appeal our decision to court.

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How to make an objection

If you are a notice party or any other person who is allowed to make an objection, you must send us the objection within 5 weeks from the date notice was given.

When you make the objection, you must tell us about our relationship to the people making the arrangement. You must also tell us your reasons for making the objection and provide us with any relevant evidence or supporting documents you have.

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Reasons for making an objection

Objections can only be made in limited circumstances for specific reasons. These reasons include the content of the arrangement and whether it meets legal requirements. Other reasons include the capacity of the person, the suitability of the supporter or that the person was pressured into making the arrangement.

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What can you object to?

Objections can be made to us about co-decision-making agreements and enduring powers of attorney. These objections can only be made by certain people and must be made for specific reasons.

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What does it cost?

The fee for making an objection is €12.

What happens after you make an objection?

After the 5-week objection period has passed we will review any objection we receive to determine whether we think the objection is well founded. We will write to you and let you know what our decision is.

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Who can make an objection?

Objections about an enduring power of attorney or a co-decision-making agreement can only be made by certain people. This includes notice parties, who are people that must be told about the arrangement. Anyone else who shows that they have a real interest or expertise in the welfare of the person can also object to an enduring power of attorney.

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