Deputies: make decisions for someone who lacks capacity
6. After you've applied
The Court of Protection will review your application and make a decision 14 days after you told the other people involved that you’d applied - provided your application was complete and no one objected.
The court will tell you if:
- your application’s been approved or rejected
- you have to provide more information to support your application, for example a report from social services
- it’s going to hold a hearing to get more information
Tell the person you want to be a deputy for about the hearing
You’ll get a notice with the date of the hearing if the court decides to hold one. You must visit the person you want to be deputy for and tell them about it:
- within 14 days of getting the notice
- at least 14 days before the date of the hearing
You must explain that they can contact Court of Protection staff for advice and assistance.
When you’ve told them, send a certificate of service (COP20A) to the Court of Protection within 7 days.
You’ll have to pay a fee if the court makes a final decision at the hearing.
The guidance explains what to expect from a Court of Protection hearing.