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Deputyships

A Deputy is someone who the Court of Protection has appointed to manage the affairs of a person (known as the Patient) who lacks the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Who can act?

The Deputy may be a family member, a close friend or professional. A Deputy is not only responsible for the day-to-day management of the affected person’s financial affairs, but they must be aware of, and respond to, essential issues at different stages of the Patient’s life.

With years of experience working with the Court of Protection, our sensitive and understanding solicitors can help you make an application to become a Deputy, and provide on-going legal advice on all the issues that might arise when carrying out your duties as a Deputy. Alternatively our solicitors can act as Deputies for those unable to make decisions for themselves.

What does a deputy do?

Part of the Deputy’s responsibility is to produce an annual report and account, which details the decisions made on behalf of the person who lacks capacity and when they have been involved in the decision making process. We can help with the completion of this account and report allowing you to spend more time on other essential needs for the Patient.

An income tax liability might arise on payments made to the patient. We can offer tax advice, assist in calculating the tax liability and prepare an income tax return.

Our experts can also help ensure that any personal injury compensation awarded to the Patient does not result in means tested benefits being withdrawn.

Our Deputyship Solicitors are backed by nearly four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of court of protection solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.