A Deputyship maybe required when you care for someone who doesn’t have mental capacity, because for example; they are severely learning disabled, they’ve had a serious brain injury or illness or they have alzheimers/dementia, and you manage their finance and/or well-being and they don’t have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
The Deputyship application process is far more stringent than applying for a LPA, this is because the Court of Protection is granting power to one individual over another individual’s life without that individuals consent. If you’re appointed, a court order will outline what you can and cannot do and the Office of the Public Guardian will help you carry out your responsibilities until your court order is changed, cancelled or expires. When you become a deputy, you must send an annual report to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) each year explaining the decisions you’ve made.
If you’re not sure if someone has a Lasting Power of Attorney, Deputy or Guardian acting for them already, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) offers a free search service of their registers to see if someone has another person acting on their behalf.