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Attorneys and Deputies are people appointed to act on another person’s behalf (often referred to as the ‘donor’) when that person is no longer able to make decisions on their own. Those decisions can involve the donor’s health and welfare, their property and finances or both. But what exactly is an attorney and a deputy what is difference between an attorney and a deputy?
The concept of an Attorney and a Deputy are similar – both are appointed on the donor’s behalf to assist them when the donor does not have capacity to make decisions themselves. However, there are differences between the two roles. An Attorney is chosen by the donor when they have the capacity to decide who they want to act for them. An Attorney can then step if the donor loses capacity. Attorneys are appointed under either a document called an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) or since 1 October 2007, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
A Deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection. This is a specialist Court who deals with people who do not have capacity. A Deputy is appointed when a person is not able to make the decision themselves – either because they never had capacity to make that decision or because they have lost the ability to do so.