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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 lack 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, 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). ​

How are Professional Deputies appointed?

  • Professional Deputies can apply to Court to act for individuals who have lost mental capacity and include the (i) P-focused plan and (ii) Schedule of Assets as part of the application. 
  • Individuals with mental capacity can also choose to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), and appoint a Professional Deputy to act as a Donee. Professional Donee is required to submit the (i) P-focused plan, (ii) Donor’s latest Schedule of Assets and (iii) Medical report within 2 months after the LPA comes into force​. 

Professional Deputies are to submit P-focused plans as supporting documents when submitting the annual Deputy Report.