A Deputyship is an Order by Court that gives the appointed deputy the power to make decisions on behalf of someone who has lost the care and make decisions for themselves. This application is only necessary if there was no Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place prior to the person (also known as ‘P’) losing capacity.
A deputy is a Court-Appointed person which the Court confers powers to, to allow the deputy to make decisions for the benefit of the person who is lacking in capacity (‘P’), as if ‘P’ would do for him/herself.
First, if there was no Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) prepared by ‘P’, there might be a need to prepare a deputy.
Family members should first discuss whether such an application is truly necessary.
Next, should there be a necessity, who should be appointed as deputy and how many deputies are required.
The main agenda for applying a Deputyship is the care and financial plan for ‘P’.
The Court has given a simple guideline on the main items to consider:
The amount of documentation required for a Deputyship application is quite daunting. To make the process smoother, it is recommended to seek legal representation to minimize the stress.