Why is an administration order made?

Some kinds of mental incapacity may affect a person’s ability to make decisions about or manage their own financial, legal and business affairs. (or their accommodation, health or lifestyle decisions - see the guardianship section for details). 

SACAT can appoint an administrator under an administration order for a person who has mental incapacity and is unable to manage their money, or their legal or business affairs and to make financial decisions to ensure the proper care and protection of that person and of their income and assets. 

Mental incapacity can include 

  • an intellectual disability, brain damage, mental illness, and conditions such as dementia and 
  • a physical illness or being in a physically unwell state where a person cannot communicate their intentions, such as being in a coma.