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Deputy [in the legal context of making decisions]

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Someone appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions on your behalf if you lack capacity to make those decisisons yourself and have not already given someone power of attorney. A deputy can be appointed to make decisions about your property and financial affairs, or about your health and welfare, or both. Deputies may be famly members or friends, or they may be a professional person such as a solicitor.

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