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UK Deputy Application Process

Check which forms to use and where to send them when you apply to be a deputy in the United Kingdom. Find out who you need to tell and how to 'serve notice' (confirm you told the right people).

APPLY TO BE A DEPUTY: You need to download several different forms and fill in as much information as possible:

The 'assessment of capacity' (COP3) form is very important. The Court of Protection may not accept an application for deputyship if this document is missing.

Even so, it is not always possible to get an assessment on someone's capacity to make decisions. If not, you must use Form COP24 to give a witness statement about a person who lacks capacity instead.

Note: Remember to keep a copy of each and every form that you fill in as part of the deputy application process.

Where to Send Deputy Application Forms

You should send all the originals to the Court of Protection. They will also need two (2) copies of the application form, one (1) copy of the other forms, and a cheque to cover the deputy application fee.

Court of Protection
PO Box 70185
First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn
London WC1A 9JA

Telling People Named in the Application

Once the court receives the deputyship application, you should receive a stamped copy of it within seven (7) days. The document shows the court has 'issued' the application and it is being considered. You will also get a letter with further explanations on what to do next.

Once the court issues the application, you then have fourteen (14) days to 'serve' it to (tell):

Telling the Subject of the Deputy Application

Either the applicant [you] or the representative must make a visit to the person who lacks mental capacity and tell them:

The visit also gives you the opportunity to give them:

Telling Other People Connected to the Application

You must tell any other people named on the application that it has been 'issued'. You will need to send:

Note: There are several different ways you can tell these people. You can tell them by fax, email, by post to their home address, or hand delivered in person.


Becoming a Deputy | Find out how the Court of Protection authorises deputies in the United Kingdom.

Deputy Responsibilities | Helping another person make decisions or making decisions on their behalf.

Confirming You Served Notice (told people)

You must also download and fill in the most relevant forms within seven (7) days of serving the documents. This part of the deputyship application process is often called 'certificates of service' and confirms you told:

You should send all the forms together and at the same time to the Court of Protection. You will find their address written on the documents.

Applying to Become Someone's Deputy in the United Kingdom