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Appointeeship - FAQ's

Appointeeship, Deputyship, Carer Cards, Power of Attorney Appointeeship - FAQ's

Yes.

Uniquely, we have our own banking platform with Cashplus Bank and this service is used by hundreds of law firms and local authorities to manage the finances of their own clients.

We are also able to open bank accounts for family members who are appointees, deputies, or have a lasting power of attorney.

The dedicated site for our banking platform is here.

 

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Carer Cards - FAQ's

Appointeeship, Deputyship, Carer Cards, Power of Attorney Carer Cards - FAQ's

Yes, we can.

In fact, our ability to do this is a very helpful service as it enables us to assist family members who may have the legal responsibility for managing their loved ones’ finances however, they themselves may struggle with online banking or getting to a bank branch to set up a standing order to top up their Money Carer card.

We can take care of this by setting up a variable direct debit instruction via our banking platform. This also enables us to be able to take additional funds, one-off funds for larger purchases from time to time such as buying a new TV or enabling carers to have access to money to organise a holiday for example.

This card funding option is protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee which always means the person or organisation that is managing the finances of a loved one or client is in control.

 

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A deputy for property and finances may be needed for individuals who are unable to manage their financial and property affairs due to various reasons such as age-related mental decline, illness, or disability. This could include:

  1. Elderly individuals who may have difficulty managing their finances and property due to declining mental and physical health.
  2. Individuals who have suffered a brain injury, stroke or other cognitive impairment which has affected their ability to make decisions about their financial and property matters.
  3. People with mental illnesses or disabilities which prevent them from managing their finances and property.
  4. Individuals with developmental disabilities who may require assistance in managing their finances and property.

In these situations, a deputy may be appointed by the court of protection to make decisions on behalf of the individual in relation to their property and finances.

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In general, anyone who is over the age of 18 and has the capacity to manage financial and property affairs can be appointed as a deputy for property and finances. However, it is important to note that being a deputy is a significant responsibility and requires a high level of trust and competence.

Here are some common types of individuals who may be appointed as a deputy for property and finances:

  1. Family members or close friends: Often, family members or close friends of the person who needs assistance are appointed as deputies. They may have a good understanding of the person’s wishes and preferences and can act in their best interests.
  2. Professional deputies: If there are no suitable family members or friends, a professional deputy may be appointed. This could be a solicitor, accountant or other professional with experience in managing financial and property affairs.
  3. Local authorities: In some cases, a local authority may be appointed as a deputy for property and finances, particularly if there are concerns about abuse or neglect.

It is important to note that being a deputy for property and finances is a serious responsibility and requires a high level of trust and competence. Therefore, anyone who is appointed as a deputy should be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and experience to manage the person’s affairs effectively and in their best interests.

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Yes, the Court of Protection can recommend a deputy for property and finances.

When an application is made to the Court of Protection to appoint a deputy, the court will consider whether it is necessary to appoint a deputy and who is best placed to act in the person’s best interests.

In some cases, the court may recommend a particular person or professional as a suitable deputy for property and finances. However, the final decision on who to appoint as a deputy will be made by the court after considering all the evidence and taking into account the person’s best interests.

It is important to note that the Court of Protection is a specialist court that deals with issues related to mental capacity and decision-making. It has the power to make decisions and appoint deputies on behalf of individuals who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The court’s overriding concern is always the best interests of the person who is the subject of the proceedings.

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Yes, a social worker can recommend a deputy for property and finances in certain circumstances. Social services may become involved in a person’s affairs if they are vulnerable or at risk of harm and do not have anyone to act on their behalf.

If social services identify that a person is unable to manage their own finances and property, they may make an application to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a deputy. Social services can also provide information to the court about suitable individuals or professionals who may be suitable to act as a deputy for property and finances.

However, it is important to note that the final decision on who to appoint as a deputy will be made by the court after considering all the evidence and taking into account the person’s best interests. The court will also consider any recommendations made by social services and other relevant parties before making a decision on who to appoint as a deputy.

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When appointed as a deputy for property and finances, the deputy has a range of responsibilities that they must fulfil in order to act in the best interests of the person they are representing. These responsibilities include:

  1. Managing finances: The deputy is responsible for managing the person’s finances, which includes paying bills, managing bank accounts, investing funds, and ensuring that the person’s financial affairs are in order.
  2. Making decisions: The deputy must make decisions on behalf of the person in relation to their finances and property, taking into account the person’s wishes, beliefs, and values. The deputy must act in the person’s best interests and ensure that any decisions made are in line with the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  3. Keeping records: The deputy must keep accurate and up-to-date records of all financial transactions and decisions made on behalf of the person. This includes keeping receipts, invoices, bank statements, and other financial documents.
  4. Reporting to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG): The deputy must submit an annual report to the OPG, which provides details of all financial transactions and decisions made on behalf of the person. The report must be reviewed by a solicitor or other professional, and any discrepancies or concerns must be addressed.
  5. Consulting with others: The deputy should consult with the person’s family, friends, and carers to ensure that decisions made are in line with the person’s wishes and preferences.
  6. Seeking professional advice: The deputy should seek professional advice when needed, such as from a solicitor or accountant, to ensure that they are fulfilling their responsibilities effectively.

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Yes, a deputyship can be temporary. In the UK, the Court of Protection can appoint a deputy for a fixed period of time if it is deemed necessary. This is known as a “limited deputyship” and may be appropriate in situations where the person is expected to regain capacity in the near future.

For example, if an individual is undergoing medical treatment or therapy that is expected to improve their mental capacity within a set period of time, a limited deputyship may be appropriate. In this case, the deputy would be appointed for a fixed period of time and would have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the person during that period.

It is important to note that a limited deputyship may not be appropriate in all cases, and the court will consider all the evidence before making a decision on whether to grant a limited deputyship or a permanent deputyship.

In general, a permanent deputyship is more commonly granted when the person’s capacity is unlikely to improve, or if there are ongoing concerns about their ability to manage their financial and property affairs.

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If you are applying to be a Deputy for Property and Affairs for someone who lacks the capacity to manage their own finances, there are several costs involved, which may include:

The Application fee:
There is a one-time application fee to become a deputy, which is currently £371 in England and Wales. This fee covers the cost of processing your application.

An Assessment fee:
In addition to the application fee, you may also need to pay an assessment fee for a medical professional to assess the capacity of the person you wish to become a deputy for. This fee can vary depending on the healthcare professional you choose.

The Security Bond fee:
If you are appointed as a deputy, you may be required to pay a bond fee. The bond fee is a type of insurance that ensures the person’s finances are protected from any misuse or mishandling by the deputy. The cost of the bond fee can vary depending on the size of the person’s estate and the level of risk involved.

Ongoing fees:
Once appointed as a deputy, there may be ongoing fees to pay for things like annual supervision and filing annual reports with the Court of Protection. These fees can vary depending on the complexity of the person’s estate and the level of supervision required.

It’s worth noting that if the person you wish to become a deputy for is on a low income, they may be eligible for help with the application fee and assessment fee.

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According to the OPG Annual Report 2021-2022, there were 56,862 active deputyships under their supervision.

 

 

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A mental capacity assessment to ascertain if a deputyship application to the court of protection will be needed, is a formal evaluation conducted to determine an individual’s ability to make decisions for themselves and understand the implications and consequences of those decisions.

A capacity assessment for deputyship is typically carried out when there are concerns about a person’s capacity to make decisions about their financial affairs and understanding of everyday money management.

The assessment is usually conducted by health or social care professionals, such as doctors, psychologists, or psychiatrists, or social workers who are trained in assessing mental capacity.

They will assess the individual’s cognitive abilities, understanding, memory, reasoning, and communication skills to determine whether they have the capacity to make informed decisions.

The assessment process may involve interviews, discussions, and standardised tests, such as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.

The professionals conducting the assessment will consider various factors, such as the person’s ability to understand and retain information, weigh the pros and cons of different options, and communicate their decisions clearly.

The purpose of a mental capacity assessment is to determine whether an individual has the capacity to make decisions independently or whether they require assistance or support provided by a deputy, appointee or advocate, to make decisions in their best interests.

The assessment aims to respect and uphold the person’s autonomy while ensuring their well-being and protection when they lack the capacity to make decisions that may significantly impact their life.

 

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The Montreal Cognitive Assessment is a widely used cognitive screening tool designed to assess various cognitive domains, including attention and concentration, executive functions, memory, language, visuo-constructional skills, conceptual thinking, calculations, and orientation. It was created by Dr. Ziad Nasreddine in 1996 and is commonly used to detect mild cognitive impairment and early signs of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment consists of a series of tasks and questions that evaluate different aspects of cognitive function. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to administer and has a maximum score of 30 points.

The assessment covers a range of cognitive abilities, including short-term memory recall, visuospatial abilities, naming objects, attention and concentration, abstraction, and orientation to time and place.

The test is typically administered by a health or social care professional, such as a doctor, nurse, social worker or psychologist. The professional reads the instructions and presents the tasks to the individual being assessed. The person taking the test responds orally or by writing down their answers, depending on the task.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment has gained popularity due to its ability to detect mild cognitive impairment that might not be captured by other screening tests like the Mini-Mental State Examination. It is considered to be more sensitive in detecting cognitive changes associated with early stages of dementia.

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When applying for a financial affairs deputyship, the gathering of evidence process typically involves collecting relevant information and documentation to support the application.

The purpose of gathering evidence is to demonstrate to the court of protection that the individual applying for deputyship is suitable and capable of making decisions regarding the financial affairs of the person who lacks capacity.

Here are the key steps involved in the process:

  1. Understanding the Requirements: Begin by familiarising yourself with the specific requirements and guidelines set by the court for a financial affairs deputyship application. These requirements may vary depending on the jurisdiction, so it’s essential to gather information from the relevant court or legal resources.
  2. Assessing the Person’s Capacity: Before gathering evidence, it’s important to assess the person’s mental capacity and determine whether they truly lack the capacity to make financial decisions. This assessment can be done by a qualified medical professional or an independent mental capacity assessor.
  3. Documentation: Collect important documents related to the person’s financial affairs, including bank statements, investment portfolios, property deeds, insurance policies, tax returns, bills, and any relevant legal documents such as power of attorney, wills, or trusts. These documents help provide a comprehensive overview of the person’s financial situation.
  4. Supporting Statements: Gather supporting statements from relevant parties who can provide insight into the person’s capacity and the need for a deputyship. This may include statements from family members, healthcare professionals, social workers, or any other individuals involved in the person’s care.
  5. Financial Assessment: Conduct a detailed financial assessment that outlines the person’s income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. This assessment should provide a clear picture of the person’s financial situation and any areas where decision-making support is needed.
  6. Professional Reports: In some cases, it may be necessary to obtain professional reports to support the deputyship application. These reports can be obtained from accountants, financial advisors, or solicitors who can provide an expert opinion on the person’s financial affairs and the need for deputyship.
  7. Application Forms: Complete the necessary application forms provided by the court. These forms typically require you to provide detailed information about the person lacking capacity, their financial situation, your relationship with them, and the reasons why you believe you are suitable to be appointed as a deputy.
  8. Submitting the Application: Once you have gathered all the necessary evidence, submit the completed application forms and supporting documents to the appropriate court. Pay attention to any deadlines or specific submission requirements outlined by the court.

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Appointeeship - FAQ's

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Yes.

Uniquely, we have our own banking platform with Cashplus Bank and this service is used by hundreds of law firms and local authorities to manage the finances of their own clients.

We are also able to open bank accounts for family members who are appointees, deputies, or have a lasting power of attorney.

The dedicated site for our banking platform is here.

 

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Carer Cards - FAQ's

Appointeeship, Deputyship, Carer Cards, Power of Attorney Carer Cards - FAQ's

Yes, we can.

In fact, our ability to do this is a very helpful service as it enables us to assist family members who may have the legal responsibility for managing their loved ones’ finances however, they themselves may struggle with online banking or getting to a bank branch to set up a standing order to top up their Money Carer card.

We can take care of this by setting up a variable direct debit instruction via our banking platform. This also enables us to be able to take additional funds, one-off funds for larger purchases from time to time such as buying a new TV or enabling carers to have access to money to organise a holiday for example.

This card funding option is protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee which always means the person or organisation that is managing the finances of a loved one or client is in control.

 

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Deputyship - FAQ's

Appointeeship, Deputyship, Carer Cards, Power of Attorney Deputyship - FAQ's

A deputy for property and finances may be needed for individuals who are unable to manage their financial and property affairs due to various reasons such as age-related mental decline, illness, or disability. This could include:

  1. Elderly individuals who may have difficulty managing their finances and property due to declining mental and physical health.
  2. Individuals who have suffered a brain injury, stroke or other cognitive impairment which has affected their ability to make decisions about their financial and property matters.
  3. People with mental illnesses or disabilities which prevent them from managing their finances and property.
  4. Individuals with developmental disabilities who may require assistance in managing their finances and property.

In these situations, a deputy may be appointed by the court of protection to make decisions on behalf of the individual in relation to their property and finances.

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In general, anyone who is over the age of 18 and has the capacity to manage financial and property affairs can be appointed as a deputy for property and finances. However, it is important to note that being a deputy is a significant responsibility and requires a high level of trust and competence.

Here are some common types of individuals who may be appointed as a deputy for property and finances:

  1. Family members or close friends: Often, family members or close friends of the person who needs assistance are appointed as deputies. They may have a good understanding of the person’s wishes and preferences and can act in their best interests.
  2. Professional deputies: If there are no suitable family members or friends, a professional deputy may be appointed. This could be a solicitor, accountant or other professional with experience in managing financial and property affairs.
  3. Local authorities: In some cases, a local authority may be appointed as a deputy for property and finances, particularly if there are concerns about abuse or neglect.

It is important to note that being a deputy for property and finances is a serious responsibility and requires a high level of trust and competence. Therefore, anyone who is appointed as a deputy should be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and experience to manage the person’s affairs effectively and in their best interests.

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Yes, the Court of Protection can recommend a deputy for property and finances.

When an application is made to the Court of Protection to appoint a deputy, the court will consider whether it is necessary to appoint a deputy and who is best placed to act in the person’s best interests.

In some cases, the court may recommend a particular person or professional as a suitable deputy for property and finances. However, the final decision on who to appoint as a deputy will be made by the court after considering all the evidence and taking into account the person’s best interests.

It is important to note that the Court of Protection is a specialist court that deals with issues related to mental capacity and decision-making. It has the power to make decisions and appoint deputies on behalf of individuals who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The court’s overriding concern is always the best interests of the person who is the subject of the proceedings.

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Yes, a social worker can recommend a deputy for property and finances in certain circumstances. Social services may become involved in a person’s affairs if they are vulnerable or at risk of harm and do not have anyone to act on their behalf.

If social services identify that a person is unable to manage their own finances and property, they may make an application to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a deputy. Social services can also provide information to the court about suitable individuals or professionals who may be suitable to act as a deputy for property and finances.

However, it is important to note that the final decision on who to appoint as a deputy will be made by the court after considering all the evidence and taking into account the person’s best interests. The court will also consider any recommendations made by social services and other relevant parties before making a decision on who to appoint as a deputy.

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When appointed as a deputy for property and finances, the deputy has a range of responsibilities that they must fulfil in order to act in the best interests of the person they are representing. These responsibilities include:

  1. Managing finances: The deputy is responsible for managing the person’s finances, which includes paying bills, managing bank accounts, investing funds, and ensuring that the person’s financial affairs are in order.
  2. Making decisions: The deputy must make decisions on behalf of the person in relation to their finances and property, taking into account the person’s wishes, beliefs, and values. The deputy must act in the person’s best interests and ensure that any decisions made are in line with the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  3. Keeping records: The deputy must keep accurate and up-to-date records of all financial transactions and decisions made on behalf of the person. This includes keeping receipts, invoices, bank statements, and other financial documents.
  4. Reporting to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG): The deputy must submit an annual report to the OPG, which provides details of all financial transactions and decisions made on behalf of the person. The report must be reviewed by a solicitor or other professional, and any discrepancies or concerns must be addressed.
  5. Consulting with others: The deputy should consult with the person’s family, friends, and carers to ensure that decisions made are in line with the person’s wishes and preferences.
  6. Seeking professional advice: The deputy should seek professional advice when needed, such as from a solicitor or accountant, to ensure that they are fulfilling their responsibilities effectively.

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Yes, a deputyship can be temporary. In the UK, the Court of Protection can appoint a deputy for a fixed period of time if it is deemed necessary. This is known as a “limited deputyship” and may be appropriate in situations where the person is expected to regain capacity in the near future.

For example, if an individual is undergoing medical treatment or therapy that is expected to improve their mental capacity within a set period of time, a limited deputyship may be appropriate. In this case, the deputy would be appointed for a fixed period of time and would have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the person during that period.

It is important to note that a limited deputyship may not be appropriate in all cases, and the court will consider all the evidence before making a decision on whether to grant a limited deputyship or a permanent deputyship.

In general, a permanent deputyship is more commonly granted when the person’s capacity is unlikely to improve, or if there are ongoing concerns about their ability to manage their financial and property affairs.

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If you are applying to be a Deputy for Property and Affairs for someone who lacks the capacity to manage their own finances, there are several costs involved, which may include:

The Application fee:
There is a one-time application fee to become a deputy, which is currently £371 in England and Wales. This fee covers the cost of processing your application.

An Assessment fee:
In addition to the application fee, you may also need to pay an assessment fee for a medical professional to assess the capacity of the person you wish to become a deputy for. This fee can vary depending on the healthcare professional you choose.

The Security Bond fee:
If you are appointed as a deputy, you may be required to pay a bond fee. The bond fee is a type of insurance that ensures the person’s finances are protected from any misuse or mishandling by the deputy. The cost of the bond fee can vary depending on the size of the person’s estate and the level of risk involved.

Ongoing fees:
Once appointed as a deputy, there may be ongoing fees to pay for things like annual supervision and filing annual reports with the Court of Protection. These fees can vary depending on the complexity of the person’s estate and the level of supervision required.

It’s worth noting that if the person you wish to become a deputy for is on a low income, they may be eligible for help with the application fee and assessment fee.

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According to the OPG Annual Report 2021-2022, there were 56,862 active deputyships under their supervision.

 

 

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A mental capacity assessment to ascertain if a deputyship application to the court of protection will be needed, is a formal evaluation conducted to determine an individual’s ability to make decisions for themselves and understand the implications and consequences of those decisions.

A capacity assessment for deputyship is typically carried out when there are concerns about a person’s capacity to make decisions about their financial affairs and understanding of everyday money management.

The assessment is usually conducted by health or social care professionals, such as doctors, psychologists, or psychiatrists, or social workers who are trained in assessing mental capacity.

They will assess the individual’s cognitive abilities, understanding, memory, reasoning, and communication skills to determine whether they have the capacity to make informed decisions.

The assessment process may involve interviews, discussions, and standardised tests, such as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.

The professionals conducting the assessment will consider various factors, such as the person’s ability to understand and retain information, weigh the pros and cons of different options, and communicate their decisions clearly.

The purpose of a mental capacity assessment is to determine whether an individual has the capacity to make decisions independently or whether they require assistance or support provided by a deputy, appointee or advocate, to make decisions in their best interests.

The assessment aims to respect and uphold the person’s autonomy while ensuring their well-being and protection when they lack the capacity to make decisions that may significantly impact their life.

 

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The Montreal Cognitive Assessment is a widely used cognitive screening tool designed to assess various cognitive domains, including attention and concentration, executive functions, memory, language, visuo-constructional skills, conceptual thinking, calculations, and orientation. It was created by Dr. Ziad Nasreddine in 1996 and is commonly used to detect mild cognitive impairment and early signs of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment consists of a series of tasks and questions that evaluate different aspects of cognitive function. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to administer and has a maximum score of 30 points.

The assessment covers a range of cognitive abilities, including short-term memory recall, visuospatial abilities, naming objects, attention and concentration, abstraction, and orientation to time and place.

The test is typically administered by a health or social care professional, such as a doctor, nurse, social worker or psychologist. The professional reads the instructions and presents the tasks to the individual being assessed. The person taking the test responds orally or by writing down their answers, depending on the task.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment has gained popularity due to its ability to detect mild cognitive impairment that might not be captured by other screening tests like the Mini-Mental State Examination. It is considered to be more sensitive in detecting cognitive changes associated with early stages of dementia.

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When applying for a financial affairs deputyship, the gathering of evidence process typically involves collecting relevant information and documentation to support the application.

The purpose of gathering evidence is to demonstrate to the court of protection that the individual applying for deputyship is suitable and capable of making decisions regarding the financial affairs of the person who lacks capacity.

Here are the key steps involved in the process:

  1. Understanding the Requirements: Begin by familiarising yourself with the specific requirements and guidelines set by the court for a financial affairs deputyship application. These requirements may vary depending on the jurisdiction, so it’s essential to gather information from the relevant court or legal resources.
  2. Assessing the Person’s Capacity: Before gathering evidence, it’s important to assess the person’s mental capacity and determine whether they truly lack the capacity to make financial decisions. This assessment can be done by a qualified medical professional or an independent mental capacity assessor.
  3. Documentation: Collect important documents related to the person’s financial affairs, including bank statements, investment portfolios, property deeds, insurance policies, tax returns, bills, and any relevant legal documents such as power of attorney, wills, or trusts. These documents help provide a comprehensive overview of the person’s financial situation.
  4. Supporting Statements: Gather supporting statements from relevant parties who can provide insight into the person’s capacity and the need for a deputyship. This may include statements from family members, healthcare professionals, social workers, or any other individuals involved in the person’s care.
  5. Financial Assessment: Conduct a detailed financial assessment that outlines the person’s income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. This assessment should provide a clear picture of the person’s financial situation and any areas where decision-making support is needed.
  6. Professional Reports: In some cases, it may be necessary to obtain professional reports to support the deputyship application. These reports can be obtained from accountants, financial advisors, or solicitors who can provide an expert opinion on the person’s financial affairs and the need for deputyship.
  7. Application Forms: Complete the necessary application forms provided by the court. These forms typically require you to provide detailed information about the person lacking capacity, their financial situation, your relationship with them, and the reasons why you believe you are suitable to be appointed as a deputy.
  8. Submitting the Application: Once you have gathered all the necessary evidence, submit the completed application forms and supporting documents to the appropriate court. Pay attention to any deadlines or specific submission requirements outlined by the court.

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