Sumary of Britney’s story is sad, but the UK ‘deputy’ system is different:
- Free Britney: The ‘deputy’ system in the UK fulfils an essential role and is well supervised, a lawyer explainsJemma Garside is a senior associate in the private client team specialising in Court of Protection work at law firm Kingsley Napley.
- Importantly there are also safeguards in place in the UK if there are concerns about a deputy or attorney’s conduct and they are monitored by the Office of the Public Guardian.
- It wouldn’t be surprising if people consider having deputies to be harmful after hearing the terrible things Britney has gone through.
- However, deputies in the UK fulfil an essential role and are well supervised and often help a person continue to live with dignity.
- Deputies are typically appointed because individuals cannot make decisions for themselves due to illness, like Alzheimers or dementia, old age or perhaps as a result of a catastrophic personal injury or medical negligence.
- The Office of the Public Guardian supervises court-appointed deputies to ensure they act in the best interests of those they have been charged to support.
- Deputies are required to file an annual deputyship report detailing the incapacitated person’s income and expenditure, explaining any particularly large items of expenditure and also if any important decisions have been made and whether any will be made in the upcoming management year.
- Britney Spears: She has described her conservatorship in the US as ‘abusive’Details of this would also be added to the annual report.