Unless the application gives rise to any objections, the Court will proceed to issue an order appointing the Deputy and will detail the scope of the Deputy’s authority to act. It takes approximately four to five months for the order to be issued with a fee of £100 per Deputy payable on the appointment being made.
As part of the Court procedure the Deputy will have to arrange a security bond and pay an annual premium. The Deputy is not personally responsible for the annual premium but this will be paid from your assets as the person being represented by the Deputy.
The Court will only issue the order once it has received confirmation from the security provider that the security bond is in place. The Court will send a letter to your prospective Deputy confirming the Court’s intention to make the order and they will instruct how to put the security bond in place.
The Court requires the Deputy to give such security as the Court thinks fit for the discharge of his/her functions. The purpose of the security is to ensure that in the event of default by the Deputy, you do not suffer financially. In most cases, the security is provided by the Deputy entering into a bond provided by the Office of the Public Guardian through insurance brokers. The payment of the premiums on the bond will be allowed by the Court out of your estate as the person needing the Deputy.
The Deputy must also notify you for a second time to confirm that a final court order has been made.