Professional Deputy Services
Mental, physical and degenerative illnesses are just a few common factors that may cause you to make the decision to take over the management of a loved ones financial affairs or, feel the need to make informed decisions about their personal welfare.
Usually in these situations it is necessary to appoint a Deputy to be responsible for the vulnerable person’s decisions on such matters as healthcare, property and finance.
Deputy-ship is quite often given to a close family member or, friend or, to a professional and must be applied for through the Court of Protection.
At Pattinson & Brewer we understand that the process of applying to become a Deputy can be confusing, stressful and upsetting. You may need support as you begin your role and, as you move on.
Our experienced team of legal specialists is here to help and guide you throughout – offering a ‘holistic’ service that brings peace of mind for you and your family.
How can our solicitors help you in your role as a Deputy?
There are several levels of support:
- We can help you with your application to become a Deputy.
- 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; cases where a Deputy has given up or is seeking to give up their duties.
The Court of Protection has the power to grant two forms of protection:
1. Deputy-ship for property and affairs;
2. Deputy-ship for personal welfare
The deputy-ship role granted depends on your individual circumstances and the personal situation of the vulnerable person you are supporting.
Pattinson & Brewer offers personal and dedicated support
Managing the finances and welfare of a loved one can be difficult and stressful. Our experienced team of solicitors and financial advisors will help make being a Deputy as easy as possible, working with compassion and sensitivity. Offering important know-how.
You may need assistance with some or, all of the duties, which include:
- Completing tax returns
- Paying for care
- Applying for a Statutory Will
- Healthcare decisions
- Understanding and accessing state benefits
- Decisions regarding suitable accommodation
- Submitting your annual report to the Office of the Public Guardian
Some of the complexities
The responsibilities of a Deputy include paying supervision fees and keeping clear records of all actions and decisions.
Once again, dependent on each personal situation, deputy-ships may need to be re-evaluated regularly. In some cases you may need to apply to the Court of Protection to alter your powers, to allow you to make further important decisions. You may decide you need to give up your role as Deputy.
To learn more about applying or, if we can assist you more directly by taking on the role of Deputy, please call us on 0800 988 077 or by using the form on our contact us page. We’d be pleased to offer advice and a helping hand.
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