A deputy is someone appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions for someone who is unable to do so alone. They are responsible for doing so until the person they are acting for dies or is able to make decisions on their own again.
The court will not appoint someone as deputy if the person is able to make their own decisions. You may be able to make a lasting Power of Attorney instead.
The Court found that many parents were wrongly told that they could only get deputyship in the Court of Protection relating to property and affairs, not health and personal welfare.
Another misconception is that parents can get Power of Attorney. (To grant a lasting Power of Attorney, the young person has to understand their rights and what they are giving away.)
The issue of successive deputies has always been difficult. The Court has now agreed to set out criteria and practice for the appointment of successive deputies. This effectively changes the law in this area. This will give peace of mind to parents, who can help to choose who will be looking after their child when they are no longer able to do so.
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