There are two types of Deputy:-
1. Property and Financial Affairs.
If appointed, this would give you the authority to manage and make decisions about property, paying bills, pensions and accounts.
2. Personal Welfare deputy
If appointed, this would give you the authority to make decisions about medical treatment and how someone is looked after.
There can be more than one Deputy appointed.
You cannot become someone’s personal welfare deputy if they are under 16.
The court will only usually appoint a personal welfare deputy if there are doubts as to whether decisions will be made in the someone’s best interests i.e. if family members disagree about care or if someone needs to be appointed to make decisions about a specific issue over time, i.e. where someone will live.
You can apply to be just one type of Deputy or both. If you are appointed, you will receive a court order setting out what you can, and cannot do and what your responsibilities are. We can provide information about what these powers and duties are to ensure you are fully informed before applying to the Court.
Applying to become a deputy can be a stressful and lengthy process, especially if you need to act at short notice i.e. to pay for care. In certain circumstances, we can assist with making expedited applications.