About the Professional Deputies and Donees Scheme
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament on 14 March 2016 to better protect those who lack mental capacity (known as 'P'). One of the key amendments was the introduction of professional deputies, who are unrelated to P and can provide deputyship services for remuneration.
There is an increasing number of elderly singles or childless elderly couples, who may not have family members or close friends to rely on to be their proxy decision-makers. Hence, these professional deputies are intended to address this emerging trend.
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.
To find out more about the certification course that professionals who intend to be registered and act as a professional deputy must take, please click here