A Court Deputy is someone appointed by the Court of Protection to look after and manage your finances and property, once you have lost capacity and are unable to do so. A Court Deputy may also be appointed in relation to your health and welfare in limited circumstances.
A Court Deputyship is only necessary if you have not put Lasting Powers of Attorney in place before losing capacity.
Without a Court Deputy in place there is NO ONE that can make decisions on your behalf once you no longer have the capacity to make those decisions for yourself.
You may have provision in place for after your death (a Will) but without Lasting Powers of Attorney in place a Court Deputyship will be required to help DURING your lifetime.
Applying to be appointed as a Deputy for someone can only be done after that person has lost capacity and is only required if there is no LPA in place.
The person making the application must have a good knowledge of the finances and property affairs of the person they want to be Deputy for, and will also have to demonstrate, with verification from a professional, that that person no longer has the capacity to make decisions in relation to their own financial and property matters.
More details can be found here and we can help with all of this.
Still have capacity?
If you still have capacity then we would recommend putting Lasting Powers of Attorney in place to cover both your Property & Financial affairs and your Health & Welfare whilst you are still able to appoint the person, or people, you trust and want to make those decisions on your behalf, when you are no longer able to do so for yourself.
Head over to our LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY page to find out more.