The Role Of A Deputy

A deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection to manage either the property and affairs (i.e. finances) and/or health and welfare matters (i.e. decisions over where to live, what medical treatment to receive) of someone else.

The Court then monitors the deputy every year to make sure they are carrying out their role properly.

Who Should Be A Deputy?

Anyone can be a deputy – it could be a friend or family member of the person lacking capacity, or it could be a professional person. 

At BHP we have two partners and two solicitors who regularly act as professional deputies for clients. 

Sometimes, this is because there is just no-one else willing and able to do it. However, in many of our cases it is because the client has been injured in an accident and they are making or have made a claim for compensation. Often the compensation in a case such as this can run to hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of pounds and therefore the family feel that having a professional, who is used to handling such large sums of money, is the best way forwards. It allows the family to get on with everything else they are doing in their lives (such as caring for the person who is making the claim), and means they don’t have to worry about looking after large amounts of money.

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Although managing millions of pounds doesn’t sound like too much of a headache, it can be a real problem! For example, some clients have a professional care regime in place which costs over £200,000 a year to run. When combined with the cost of therapies, disabled equipment and other living expenses, the money can begin to run out quickly. This is why using a professional to manage the money received in a compensation claim can be so important – the family can leave the worrying about money and budgeting to someone else.

But I don’t like the idea of losing control over my money

Many people are worried about using a professional deputy because they feel like they will lose control over their money. However, a good professional will make your life easier, not harder. They will sit down with you and discuss with you what you need financially, and how they can best help you. They will give you a telephone number where you can be reached at any time, plus their email address. They should make you feel like they are always on hand if you need them, and that they are part of your team working towards achieving your goals.

At BHP Law we follow these principles – we work hard with you and the people important to you, to create a supportive lifestyle that you can enjoy and an environment in which you can thrive. If you need a deputy, or are unhappy with how your current deputy manages things for you, give one of our team a ring and we will do our best to help.

If you would like to have a chat about your options or how we may be able to help you please contact a member of the team below, complete our call back form  or contact us directly at your local office.

Your Court Of Protection Team

Karen Pratt

Partner

Karen Stephanie Pratt is an equity partner and is head of the Court of Protection Department and joint head of our Wills, Trusts and Probate team alongside…

Sapna Tugby

Partner

Sapna worked as a mental health paralegal for Thaliwal Bridge solicitors, in Leicester. She obtained a LSC funded training contract, then worked for…

Stephen Williams

Partner

Stephen Williams is the head of the Court of Protection health and welfare department and specialises in community care, health and welfare and mental…

Holly Hirst

Associate

Holly graduated from Keele University in 2005 with an LLB in Law with English and completed her LLM Master of Laws at Durham University in 2006. Holly…

Simone Kent

Solicitor

Simone joined BHP Law in June 2016 during the course of her MLaw Exempting degree at Northumbria University. In the first semester of her final year,…

Melanie Morley

Solicitor

Law is Melanie’s second career, but over the last 18 years she has gained valuable experience working within the areas of construction, finance and…

Hannah Moffett

Paralegal

Hannah has worked within Wills, Trust & Probate for 6 years, running her own case load of files that varied greatly in nature. In 2017, Hannah qualified…

Emma Wood

Paralegal

Emma qualified as a paralegal and completed her police station accreditation before joining BHP Law’s Court of Protection team.…

Ruby Knapton

Trainee Legal Executive

Ruby began working at BHP Law in 2017 as an admin assistant in residential conveyancing. She quickly became fascinated by the legal profession and knew…

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