A Deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection following an application and has the role of supporting an individual who no longer has the mental capacity to make decisions, and therefore, is unable to make LPAs. The appointment relates to financial matters only.
An application for appointment as a deputy is usually made by a spouse, partner, relative, close friend or solicitor. The applicant must be over 18. Once appointed by the court the Deputy will be fully accountable to the Court of Protection and must act in the best interests of their friend or relative (“the patient”) at all times.
Once appointed a Deputy, the decisions you will be responsible for depend on the powers granted to you in the Deputyship order.
Generally, the Deputy has:
A Deputyship application can be extremely time consuming and very costly. This is why we recommend people make a Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) to avoid the need for an application to the Court.
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