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A deputy is appointed by the court to make certain decisions on behalf of a person who lacks mental capacity when the person has not made a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and has no donee to decide on his behalf in respect of those decisions. A deputy can be an individual or a licensed trust company under the Trust Companies Act (Cap.336), as prescribed by the Mental Capacity Regulations.
Parents of children with intellectual disability may also apply to court to appoint themselves as deputies for their children and another person as a successor deputy to plan for the event the parents themselves lose capacity or pass away.