About the Professional Deputies and Donees Scheme
The Mental Capacity (Registration of Professional Deputies) Regulations 2018 came into effect on 1 September 2018, allowing professional deputies to act for persons who lose mental capacity (known as 'P') for remuneration. Professional deputies must be unrelated to P.
The Professional Deputies and Donees (PDD) scheme aims to serve individuals, in particular elderly singles or childless elderly couples, who may not have family members or close friends to rely on to be their proxy decision makers.
The role of a professional deputy is an important one, in which the professional deputy must be prepared to make key decisions affecting P’s property & affairs and personal welfare. Professionals registered under this scheme come from selected professional groups (i.e. lawyers, doctors, accountants, allied health professionals, nurses and social workers). Their role is an important one, in which the professional deputy must be prepared to make key decisions affecting P's property & affairs and/or personal welfare.
How are Professional Deputies appointed?
• Professional deputies can apply to Court to act for individuals who have lost mental capacity.
• Individuals with mental capacity can also choose to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to appoint a professional deputy acting as donee, as part of their pre-planning for future contingencies.
More Information on the Professional Deputies Scheme
List of Registered Professional Deputies
Last updated: 26 Dec 2019