Loss of Mental Capacity
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What is a deputyship application?
If a person did not make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and lost mental capacity, family members may apply to the Family Court under the Mental Capacity Court to appoint a “Deputy” to represent and to manage the person’s personal welfare and/or property and affairs. There are many documents required and it usually takes several months for the court to issue the Deputyship order.
A deputy is thus an individual appointed by the Family Court under the Mental Capacity Act to make decisions on behalf of a person who lacks mental capacity. A deputy is typically a family member.
What is considered to be a loss of mental capacity?
A doctor has to certify that the person lacks mental capacity due to an impairment of the brain. The law indicates that a person has a lack of mental capacity when they cannot:
- understand the information relevant to the decision;
- retain that information;
- use or weigh that information as part of the process of making the decision; or
- communicate their decision (whether by talking, using sign language or any other means).
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