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Deputyship

Who is a deputy

A deputy is an individual appointed by the court to make decisions on behalf of a patient who lacks mental capacity. A deputy may be the patient's family member or friend.

A doctor has to certify that the patient lacks mental capacity to make decisions due to an impairment of or disturbance in the functioning of the mind or brain.

The Family Courts hear all deputyship applications under the Mental Capacity Act.

Watch the video to find out more about the Mental Capacity Act in Singapore.

There are 2 ways to file a deputyship application – via the simplified or the standard process. Refer to the following comparison table to check which process applies to your case.

 

Simplified process

Standard process

When it applies

If you seek one or more of the following orders:

  • To use up to $80,000 from the patient's funds.
  • Other common orders such as to consent to medical treatment or decide on care services for the patient. Refer to the full list of orders.

If any of the following applies:

  • Someone is objecting to your application.
  • The orders you seek fall outside the scope of the simplified process.

How long it takes

Applications are usually completed within 4 to 6 weeks, unless submissions are incomplete or the case is complex.

Applications are usually completed within 3 to 4 months, unless submissions are incomplete or the case is complex.

Estimated fees

$40 excluding cost of medical report.

$300 to $1000, depending on the documents you need to file.

How to apply

Through the Integrated Family Application Management System (iFAMS). Find out how to apply through the simplified process.

Through eLitigation. Find out how to apply through the standard process.


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