A Deputy is a person appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the finances and/or personal welfare of another person who lacks the mental capacity to manage their affairs themselves.
Once a person has lost their mental capacity a deputyship application by a third party may be necessary and indeed may be the only alternative if the person lacking capacity has not previously made a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Any person over the age of 18 years can make an application to be a Deputy, in many cases this will be a spouse or close relative. If you are becoming concerned about your ability, or a loved one's ability, to effectively manage your (or their) affairs, we can assist and support you.
It will be necessary to appoint a professional Deputy in many cases where there is no-one willing or able to take on the role, or where the person lacking mental capacity has a large estate.
We can assist you in making applications for the appointment of Deputies, administer deputyships and have experts approved by the court to take on the role of a professional Deputy.