From January 2023, the new upfront notification process will become the standard process for all Property and Affairs deputyship applications, following a successful pilot. A new Practice Direction and new Court of Protection forms will be available on gov.uk (and on the Court of Protection Handbook website).
New Property and Affairs Deputyship applications received by the court after 1 January 2023 must follow the new notification process using the new forms. HMCTS is phasing the release of the online service. This means:
- the online service will be available for solicitors/professional users to use from 2 January 2023.
- personal applicants will be able to pay and apply online from February 2023
From 1 February 2023, Property and Affairs Deputyship applications that do not follow the new upfront notification process will be returned to the applicant.
For more details, see the letter from HMCTS here.