There are many reasons why a person in your life may no longer be able to manage their own financial affairs or make informed decisions about their personal welfare. Degenerative, physical and mental illnesses are just a few common factors.
In cases like this, it is often necessary to appoint a Deputy to be responsible for the vulnerable person's decisions about issues like healthcare, property and finance. Deputyship is usually given to a close family member or friend or to a professional and must be applied for through the Court of Protection.
At Irwin Mitchell we understand that the process of applying for deputyship can be confusing, stressful and upsetting. We also understand that you will need support as you go forward in your role as Deputy. Our experienced team of legal specialists are here to help and guide you throughout. We are a law firm for life.
How We Can Help You As A Court Of Protection Deputy
We can help you apply for a deputyship or if you are already a Deputy we can help you with your duties. We can also act as a Deputy in complex cases, cases where there is no other suitable Deputy and cases where a Deputy has given up or wants to give up their duties.
There are two forms of Court of Protection deputyship:
- Deputyship for property and affairs;
- Deputyship for personal welfare
The type of deputyship you are given will depend on the individual circumstances of you and the vulnerable person in question. If you have been or need to be appointed in either of these roles, we could help you.
Managing the finances and welfare of a loved one can be difficult and stressful. Our experienced solicitors can use their expertise to give you help and advice and make being a Deputy as easy as possible.
We can help you with many of your duties, including:
- Completing tax returns
- Paying for care
- Accessing state benefits
- Applying for a Statutory Will
- Making decisions regarding healthcare
- Making decisions regarding accommodation
- Submitting your annual report to the Office of the Public Guardian
Whatever roles and responsibilities your deputyship may involve, Irwin Mitchell can provide compassionate guidance and expert legal services throughout.
Working With Experience And Sensitivity
Deputyships can be extremely complex and may need to be re-evaluated regularly. In some cases you may need to apply to the Court of Protection to change your powers to allow you to make an important decision. In other cases you may need to give up your deputyship. From paying supervision fees, to keeping clear records of your actions and decisions, our experienced team can assist and support you in your role.
Working With Irwin Mitchell
As one of the UK’s most successful and respected law firms, you can be sure that our lawyers have the expertise needed to help you. We aim to provide clear, straightforward advice and a professional, proactive service. When necessary, we will work fearlessly to protect your interests and those of your loved ones.
To learn more about applying for deputyship or handling any deputyship issues, please speak with our expert team on 0370 1500 100 or contact us online.
For more information on deputyships, read our frequently asked questions.