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Son removed as Power of Attorney following "repugnant" conduct

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A man has been stripped of responsibility for his elderly mother’s affairs after the Court of Protection found he had been “charging” her £400 a day for visiting her at her care home.

In total, the retired accountant had racked up £120,000 in “expenses” from his mother’s estate.

It emerged that he had also failed to pay £29,000 in care home fees or cover the costs of hairdressing or toiletries.

Having heard the evidence, the Court of Protection this month removed the man’s power to act as his mother’s attorney.

Senior Judge Lush said that the son had “persistently acted in bad faith.”

“One would be hard pressed to find a more callous and calculating attorney, who has so flagrantly abused his position of trust.

“[The son] suggested that the appointment of a panel deputy would be a waste of time and money because his mother’s estate is effectively already his. I disagree.

“The panel deputy will, for the first time in 11 years, place her at the centre of the decision-making process.”

Court had heard that the man, from Buckinghamshire, had taken over the management of his mother’s affairs when an Enduring Power of Attorney order was made in 2004.

The woman’s health has declined considerably in the decade since and now, at the age of 87, she is suffering with advanced dementia.