DEPUTYSHIP / COURT OF PROTECTION
WHO NEEDS A DEPUTY?
If someone lacks mental capacity then they may need not be able to make decisions themselves. A person can therefore apply to be their deputy, if a Lasting Power of Attorney has not been previously created and registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.
A person may lack mental capacity if:
- They have dementia
- They have severe learning disabilities
- They have suffered a serious brain injury or illness
WHAT DOES A DEPUTY DO?
A deputy will be appointed by the Court of protection to make decisions on behalf of the person that lacks capacity.
There are two types of deputy.
1. PROPERTY AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS DEPUTY
A deputy will be able to pay the persons bills and make decisions on financial matters such as buying and selling property
2. PERSONAL WELFARE DEPUTY
A deputy will make decisions about the medical treatment a person receives and how they are looked after.
We can complete the application forms on your behalf and lodge with the Court of Protection. Once the application has been considered and approved you will be provided with a Court Order allowing you to act as a deputy.
BBH Legal Services Limited can act as a professional deputy for property and financial affairs. This can often be a time consuming task as the Court will require you to keep records and accounts of financial transactions and decisions made. We have a dedicated team of experts who can take on this responsibility.