This is the process to file a deputyship application through the standard process. If you are unsure whether this applies to you, understand the differences between the standard and simplified process.

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:

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.

Before filing

Understand what it means to be a deputy

Find out what you need to consider and do before you apply to become a deputy.

When filing

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.

After filing

(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.

After an order is made

File an application, if needed

If you are not satisfied with an order made by the court, you may file an appeal.

You may choose to file the deputyship application yourself or engage a lawyer. Find out where to get help.


Refer to the deputyship brochure: 

Related questions

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.

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