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Professional Deputyships

If you are a friend or relative of a person who needs the protection of a Deputy, as the person cannot make their own decisions, it is worth exploring the option of professional Deputyship.

At Bromleys our specialist Court of Protection team can advise you on what acting as a Deputy entails and, if you choose, we can act as a professional Deputy for your relative.

Contact us

To find out about how we can help, call us on 0161 330 6821, fill in our online form or email bromleys@bromleys.co.uk and we’ll call you back.

When you book a consultation we can provide you with a quote.

We are located in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester but we can assist wherever you are based.

What is a professional Deputy?

A professional Deputyship is when a professional or specialist solicitor is appointed to act as a Deputy to protect the interests of someone who has been medically assessed as lacking the capacity to make their own decisions.

If a professional Deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection, it can take some of the time commitment and stress away from the person’s family or friends, who may also be coping with the daily care needs or practical issues that come with supporting a vulnerable person.

A professional Deputy must act in the best interests of the protected person as well as in compliance with:

  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • The Code of Practice for the Mental Capacity Act
  • Professional rules if the Deputy is a regulated solicitor

To discuss how we can help you with professional Deputyship contact us today.

Why choose a professional Deputy?

It is a question of personal choice over whether you decide to apply to become a Deputy for a friend or family member or ask an experienced solicitor to apply to the Court of Protection to become a professional Deputy.

You can apply to become a Deputy if you are over 18 and you have capacity. Your application is likely to be refused if you have been made bankrupt or if there have been fraud allegations.

Most people therefore qualify to apply to be a Deputy but a professional Deputy may be the best option where:

  • You do not have the time commitment – managing a person’s financial affairs can involve a lot of time and is normally a long-term commitment. You may not have the luxury of time due to your work or family commitments
  • There are complicated family dynamics and if you are appointed as a Deputy other relatives may question your decisions
  • The protected person’s finances are complex or need long-term management. For example, if a person suffered incapacity following medical negligence and their compensation award needs long-term management. For example, if a young adult will need a Deputy for the remainder of their life and your health or age makes you think that you may not be the best person to act as the Deputy

Whatever the reasons behind the need for a professional Deputy, our specialist solicitors can step in and apply to become the vulnerable person’s Deputy under the authority of the Court of Protection.

Contact us

To find out about how we can help, call us on 0161 330 6821, fill in our online form or email bromleys@bromleys.co.uk and we’ll call you back.

When you book a consultation we can provide you with a quote.

We are located in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester but we can assist wherever you are based.

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