A deputy looks after the welfare and/or the day to day finances of someone who does not have the mental capacity to deal with their own affairs. A deputy can be a family member, a friend or a professional. Several of Fosters' partners act as professional deputies.
All deputyships are controlled and monitored by the Court of Protection which is an independent body and part of the main court system.
What does a deputy do?
A deputy has many duties including:
- Looking after the person's property
- Opening a deputyship bank account
- Claiming all relevant benefits
- Paying bills
- Buying clothes
- Preparing accounts each year/whenever the court request them
- Keeping important documents and valuable items safe
- Dealing with the person's tax affairs
- Making sure the person's money is being used to give him or her a good quality of life
Application for a deputyship
Fosters can prepare the application and submit it to the Court of Protection. The application must include the deputy's declaration, a medical certificate regarding the capacity of the vulnerable person and a statement of their assets and income.
An application fee is payable but this can be waived if it can be shown that payment would cause financial hardship.
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