Wards of Court
If a person in Ireland is unable to manage his or her affairs due to mental incapacity, an application can be made to the High Court to have that person made a Ward of Court.
Having considered all the evidence, the Court will decide whether that person is of unsound mind and capable of managing his or her property for his or her own benefit and for the benefit of his or her dependants.
A medical inspector will be appointed to report to the Court and, if it is decided that the person cannot manage his or her own property because of mental incapacity, a Committee will be appointed. The Committee acts under the direction of the Court either personally or through his or her solicitor.
A person under 18 years may, where necessary, also be taken into Wardship as a minor.