Deputyship Explained


This is a guide on how a Deputy can successfully and easily manage a vulnerable person’s affairs.

Definition of a Deputy

A Deputy is a person appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the affairs of another person, who  lacks the mental capacity. A Deputy can only act under a court order from the Court of Protection. This order sets out the Deputy’s powers. A Deputy will not be required if the person lacking capacity has previously made a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney.

There are two types of deputy:

You can apply to be just one type of deputy or both.

Process of Becoming a Deputy

The Court of Protection (in England and Wales) protects the rights of people who do not have mental capacity. They are able to issue a court order to appoint a ‘deputy appointment’. This will usually be a close friend or family member, but in circumstances where this is not possible a specialist deputy or solicitor from an approved law firm can become a Deputy and take decisions in the best interest of their client. In some cases they may appoint more than one Deputy.

To apply to become a Deputy visit gov.uk.

Responsibilities of a Deputy

When making a decision a Deputy must:

A Deputy must not:

Property and Affairs Financial Deputies

Must make certain:

Operating a Savings Account as a Deputy

To access an account as a Deputy we will require:

Please contact our Customer Support Team on 01225 423271 for further information, or visit Personal Savings to see our range of accounts.

Professional Deputy

Professional Deputies may benefit from some of our other professional services, to discuss how a  Bath Online Client Account  may be of value to your practice please contact:

 Noel Broomfield, Investment Manager   Telephone: 01225 475704      Email: noel@bibs.co.uk.

The information given in this guide is based on Bath Building Society’s understanding of Power of Attorney as at March 2015, which may change in future. It does not constitute a recommendation and individuals are advised to seek professional independent advice.