Appointment of Deputy & Adoptions
When Should I Apply
You should apply for an Appointment of Deputy when one of your relatives ("P") suffers from mental incapacity and you need to collect payouts from P's insurance policies, pay P's medical expenses, operate P's bank account, rent or sell P's flat, handle P's living arrangements and medical treatment, etc.
Why Should I Apply?
We have helped clients get Appointment of Deputies in order to collect payouts from insurance companies or the Dependent Protection Scheme, settle P's medical expenses, operate P's bank accounts, rent out P's flat (whole flat or rooms), even complete the sale P's former flat and the purchase P's new flat and invest P's assets. We can help you.
Should I Get a Medical Report Prepared First?
No. You should not.
We have come across cases where the Medical Report was rejected for various reasons. For example, the client approached their Doctor before coming to see us and their Doctor used the old form, or their Doctor filled in the correct form but with his handwriting instead of having it typewritten, or the client delayed until too late and the Medical Report become "stale" (there is a timeline within which the Medical Report must be used).
In fact, there are cases where Medical Reports were deemed to have inadequate details and fresh Medical Reports have to be prepared. We have identified 3 doctors whose reports tend to be very detailed and we can guide you to minimize the risk of the Medical Report being rejected by the Judge. We will also write to the hospital to share pointers and tips on how to avoid the Medical Report being rejected.
How Do I Avoid Delays In My Appointment of Deputy
Getting a properly prepared Medical Report is important and we have already mentioned that. Another vital area is to use suitable wording for the Court Order. The Judges in charge of Appointments of Deputy are very careful with the wording of the Court Orders that they grant. Because of this, we, too, have to be very careful and by using
Another vital area is to use suitable wording for the Court Order. The Judges in charge of Appointments of Deputy are very careful with the wording of the Court Orders that they grant. Because of this, we, too, have to be very careful and by using suitable wording, we can avoid delays and expedite your application. For example, the following wording (without more) is not suitable for the purpose to renting out P's flat and the case will be delayed for amendments to be made:
- To manage the HDB flat known as Apt Blk 123 ABC Road #04-05 Singapore 678901 ("the Flat").
- To permit and have the authority to make decisions on P's behalf and manage all matters and affairs relating to the Flat.
- To sign all documents on behalf of P to facilitate the renting out the whole or part of the Flat and to deposit the rental received into P’s Designated Trust Account.
We have the experience and knowledge of the suitable wording to avoid this issue.
What Should I Do?
You should call us at 6.535.1800 as soon as you can for a discussion.