Types of administration orders

SACAT will make the least restrictive order to address the individual circumstances of the person, in accordance with the person's past and present wishes and needs, so far as these can be determined, and will consider the adequacy of current informal arrangements. 

Full order

A full administration order gives the administrator the authority to manage and make decisions about all of the protected person’s estate and financial affairs. A full order will only be made by SACAT if a limited order is not appropriate. 

Limited order

If a person with mental incapacity is coping reasonably well with decision-making in most aspects of their financial affairs, such as management of their income and household bills, but needs some assistance in certain areas (such as management of their business, property and/or shares) then a limited administration order can be made by SACAT. The limitation will be specified in the order.

An administration order can be subject to other conditions or limitations, and can give power to the administrator to do things SACAT thinks are necessary to administer the estate.

Reviews/cancellation/changing orders

  1. An application can be made to SACAT to cancel or change an administration order at any time if there is new information or a change in circumstances. 
  2. Administration orders must be regularly reviewed by SACAT, at intervals of not more than three years. This is an automatic review. 
  3. An application can be made to SACAT for a Review of a SACAT decision (Internal Review) to make an administration order or to appoint a particular person as an administrator with the permission of the Tribunal.