No-one likes to think of what would happen if a sudden illness or accident was to strike, or if their health was to decline to a point where they could no longer make decisions about their health. Unfortunately, these situations do occur and it can leave families feeling at a loss as to what to do. Fortunately, there is a way to protect those you love by becoming an appointed deputy. Deputies are subject to more scrutiny and ongoing reporting regulations than those appointed as a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, but the two effectively have the same authority to act on behalf of another person. Deputies may be authorised to act on a one-off or ongoing basis.
The team at Smith Roddam Solicitors can work with you to apply for deputyship and represent you in court when a determination will be made as to whether you are fit to fulfil this role and have the person’s best interests at heart. We can also support you with your reporting obligations to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).
For easy-to-understand legal advice that supports you to care for your family and loved ones, speak to a member of our private client team in Bishop Auckland, Crook and Shildon. You can contact us by phoning 01388 881 611.