After you've applied
There’s a 14-day wait after you tell the other people involved that you applied, in case they object.
The Court of Protection will then review your application and 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, for example if someone objected
There’s usually no hearing if you applied to be a property and financial affairs deputy.
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.