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Court of Protection

If a family member or close friend does not have a Power of Attorney, and they have lost their ability to make their own decisions, then we can help you apply to the Court of Protection to become a ‘deputy.’

Our expert lawyers can guide you through the whole process of becoming a deputy and beyond. 

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What is the Court of Protection?

The Court of Protection is the judicial body who make decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who lack the mental capacity to do so themselves.

They are responsible for deciding whether someone has the mental capacity to make decisions. They also assign deputies to make decisions for people who cannot do so themselves.

Types of Deputy

You can apply to become a deputy on behalf of a loved one. There are two different types of deputy:

Alternatively, we can take on the role of Professional Deputy, reducing your stress. Appointing a Professional Deputy can be particularly useful if there are no family members who are able or wish to be a deputy.

How to become a deputy

Applying to become a deputy can be a complicated process with a number of forms to complete. These are:

We can assist you in completing these forms, making the whole process easier.

Once you’ve become a deputy

Once you have been appointed as a deputy by the Court of Protection, we can support you in fulfilling your on-going obligations.

For example, deputies will be asked to complete an annual report detailing all assets owned by the person to whom the Deputyship Order relates to. All income will have to be detailed and all expenditure will have to be accounted for. It is advisable for all deputies to keep up to date accounts of everything that they do in their role as deputy.

We can assist you in completing annual reports. As a court appointed deputy, if you obtain legal advice relating to your role, reasonable legal costs will be payable out of the estate to whom you are acting as deputy for.

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