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. This scheme aims to serve individuals, in particular elderly singles or childless elderly couples, with modest to significant assets, and 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 Mental Capacity (Registration of Professional Deputies) Regulations 2018 came into effect on 1 September 2018. Under this scheme, professionals from selected professional groups (i.e. lawyers, doctors, accountants, allied health professionals, nurses and social workers) who are registered with the Public Guardian can be appointed by the Court to act for individuals who have lost mental capacity. Individuals with mental capacity can choose to make a Lasting Power of Attorney to appoint a professional deputy acting as donee as part of their pre-planning for future contingencies.
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.
More information on the Professional Deputies Scheme
Please refer to the information below for more information on the Professional Deputies scheme.
Registration Form (to be a Professional Deputy)
The dates for the next available course will be published in due course.
List of Registered Professional Deputy
Professional Deputy - Reporting Form
For further enquiries,
please contact us at 1800-226-6222 or email at PDDenquiry@publicguardian.gov.sg.
Last updated: 13 Sep 2018