PKWA Family Lawyers help families who wish to be appointed as a Deputy under the Mental Capacity Act for a person who lacks mental capacity.
APPOINTING A DEPUTY UNDER THE MENTAL CAPACITY ACT SINGAPORE
Mental incapacity is a pressing public issue in Singapore as the population ages. PKWA Law helps families who wish to apply at the Family Justice Courts to become a Deputy under the Mental Capacity Act. This is done to help a person who lacks mental capacity.
You can apply to become a family member’s deputy if they lack mental capacity and did not make a Lasting Power of Attorney.
People may lack mental capacity because, for example:
they’ve had a serious brain injury or illness.
They’ve had an accident that renders them mentally incapacitated.
They have dementia.
They were born with severe learning disabilities.
As a Deputy, you’ll be authorised by the Family Court to make decisions on their behalf.
What does a Deputy do?
You will make decisions for that person’s property and financial affairs. For example, you’ll do things like pay the person’s bills or look after the person’s finances.
You will also make decisions about medical treatment and how that person is looked after.
Before you become a Deputy
Discuss with family members whether everyone agrees that the family should apply for a deputy appointed under the Mental Capacity Act for a family member who lacks mental capacity (P).
Thereafter, decide who is to be the deputy and how many deputies are required.
The application for the appointment of a deputy should be filed within six months of obtaining the medical report on P.
Decide on who is to look after P and the financial plan for P.
If P lacks mental capacity, family members need to consider these questions
A few questions to consider:
Where is P going to stay?
Who will take care of P?
What are the arrangements for paying the expenses incurred for P?
How long can P’s money last to pay for the care?
What sort of help does P need? For example, powers relating to transferring funds from P’s bank account, making insurance claims for P, managing matters related to P’s house or flat, giving consent to medical treatment for P etc.).
Our Fees for an Application under the Mental Capacity Act to Appoint a Deputy.
$2,900 – iFAMS application (restricted to the use of monies below $60,000).
$3,900 – regular applications (where the use of monies can be above $60,000).
Our fees are applicable if there is no dispute among family members.
Disbursements and GST are payable.
Application takes about 6 months.
Contact us at tel 6854-5336 for a free first consultation or visit us at www.pkwalaw.com.
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