Check if the standard process applies
You may file a deputyship application through the standard process if any of the following applies to your case:
- Someone is objecting to your application.
- The orders you seek fall outside the scope of the simplified process.
File a standard deputyship application step-by-step
This is the process of filing a deputyship application through the standard process.
If you file an application, you are the applicant.
Understand what it means to be a deputy
Find out what you need to consider and do before you apply to become a deputy.
File the application
Find out the documents, fees and process to file an application. If there are no issues with your application, it may be approved without a hearing. Otherwise, the court may ask you to submit further documents or attend court.
(If needed) Attend court
You may need to attend court in some cases, for example, if the court needs further clarifications on your application. At a hearing, the judge will decide whether to approve your application.
Legislation associated with this topic includes:
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is for people who have not yet lost mental capacity to appoint someone to make decisions on their behalf, should they lose mental capacity in the future.
In contrast, deputyship applies to people who did not apply for an LPA before losing their mental capacity.
Yes, a deputyship application can be filed by more than one applicant. The application steps are the same.
If your application is approved, all the assigned deputies must make decisions jointly.