A deputy is a person appointed by the Court of Protection to be legally responsible for someone who lacks capacity to make decisions for themselves where no Lasting Power of Attorney has been made.
Once the application has been sent to the Court it usually takes around 3 months for someone to be appointed as Deputy. There can be delays prior to sending the application to Court however, as the medical evidence can sometimes take a long time to obtain.
You must pay an annual supervision fee depending on what level of supervision your deputyship needs. You'll pay £320 per year for general supervision.
Deputies are usually close relatives or friends of the person who needs help making decisions. If you want to become a property and affairs deputy, you need to have the skills to make financial decisions for someone else.
It is a lengthy and costly process, which is why we advise all individuals to make Lasting Powers of Attorney whilst still capable of doing so, to prevent the high expense.