Deputyships are known for the circumstance where it’s too late for a power of attorney. In the event that someone doesn’t have the mental capacity to make decisions, a deputy is required to make decisions for them regarding their property & finances, and their personal welfare. By working with our deputyship solicitors in Wiltshire, we can help you to understand the process of deputyships and whether you qualify to be a deputy.
Deputyships are suitable for the occasion when someone has to make decisions for another person if that person ‘lacks mental capacity’ to do so themselves. This essentially means that if a person can’t make a decision for themselves, then the responsibility will fall to a deputy.
This can arise should someone have serious brain injury or a serious illness, dementia or have severe learning disabilities. As the deputy, you’ll be authorised by the Court of Protection to make decisions on their behalf.
By working with our qualified and experienced deputyship solicitors, you can gain a great deal of knowledge about deputies and the role of them.
Similarly to lasting power of attorney, there are two types of deputy, these are:
If you want to become a deputy you can apply to be one type of deputy or both. If you are appointed deputy to someone, then you’ll get a court order saying what you are able and not able to do.
If you’re applicable to be a deputy, then you can send the application form to the Court of Protection and pay the application fee. To qualify to be a deputy, you will need to be 18 years of age or older. Usually, deputies are close relatives or friends of the person who requires the support on making decisions.
When our deputyship solicitors in Wiltshire work with our clients, they will work collaboratively with you. They will listen to you, your family and any other supporters. At the end of the day, the team want the best for you, which means allowing you to voice your opinion so we can understand your requirements, expectations and objectives to advise accordingly.
Our private client team are a down-to-earth team with years of experience. They respect you and they understand that this is your life, money and decisions.
Should you have any questions about deputyships, get in touch with the team today!
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