Becoming a deputy for a person with dementia

12. Emergency applications

If there is a clear risk that someone may suffer serious loss or harm, then you can make an emergency application to the court to become a deputy. This is only to be used if the court is required to make a decision within 24 hours.

Examples include:

  • urgent medical treatment
  • preventing someone being removed from the place where they live
  • to execute a statutory will or important financial transaction where the person's life expectancy is very short.

To make your emergency application, you should contact the court on 0300 456 4600 and ask to speak to an urgent business officer, who will discuss the case with you and make arrangements to receive your application and present it to a judge.