Court Of Protection Deputy
In cases where an individual has lost the capacity to make their own decisions relating to their care and financial affairs, they may have a deputy appointed by the Court of Protection to act on their behalf.
Individuals who have concerns about their future health and mental capacity can appoint someone as a deputy through a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Those who do not appoint a deputy prior to being mentally incapacitated will have a deputy appointed via the Court of Protection to oversee their affairs.
What is a deputy?
A deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions on behalf of an incapacitated individual relating to their personal care, finances, property and medical treatment.
Who can be appointed as a deputy?
A deputy is most likely to be a close family member, but a friend or professional can also be appointed to the role. In these circumstances the Court of Protection will issue specific guidance, which the deputy must adhere to in order to ensure the individual’s affairs are correctly managed on their behalf.
In addition to guiding clients through the process of being appointed as a deputy, our specialist team is experienced in offering support and advice when faced with complex decisions regarding their care. These may be related to an individual’s personal welfare and care, finances, property or where serious medical treatment is required.
For further information on deputyships or advice on how to appoint a deputy, please contact our team on 0800 988 0777, who will be happy to assist you.