A Deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions for someone who, due to their lack of mental capacity, is unable to do so themselves. This could be due to acquiring a brain injury, as a result of an accident or medical negligence, or as a consequence of old age and dementia.
The Deputy, once appointed, has to act in the best interests of the person who lacks capacity and has to follow the principles set out in the Code of Practice to The Mental Capacity Act.
The duties and responsibilities of a Deputy are many and varied but include:
- Dealing with the day to day finances of the person
- Checking eligibility for welfare benefits
- Taking care of a person’s property
- Ensuring funds are invested and managed
- Completion of tax returns and annual reports to the Office of the Public Guardian
- Consideration of wills
Our experienced Court of Protection Team is happy to offer support and guidance to lay deputies to ensure that they carry out their duties successfully and in accordance with the principles set out in The Act.
Head of Department and Court of Protection specialist, Julie Burn, can also be appointed as a professional Deputy if there is no member of the family, or a friend, able to do. Julie currently acts as a professional Deputy to a number of individuals across the country, providing them with daily support and guidance. Her specialist work is recognised and recommended in independent legal directory, the Legal 500 Directory.
If you have an enquiry in relation to Court of Protection or Deputyship applications or want to speak to a member of our friendly Team for further information and guidance, please use the request a call back or make an enquiry option to get in touch.