Professional Deputy and Donee Singapore
The Professional Deputies and Donees scheme, which recently came in effect on 1 September 2018 aims to serve individuals, particularly elderly singles or childless elderly couples, with modest to significant assets, and who may not have family members or close friends to rely on to be their proxy decision makers.
A Professional Deputy/Donee is unrelated to the person lacking capacity (“P”) and can provide deputy-ship services for remuneration.
A Professional Deputy/Donee can fulfill the above role to make key decisions affecting P’s property & affairs and personal welfare. A Professional Deputy/Donee is bound to ensure that the decisions made are reasonable, prudent and in the interests of P, i.e for the benefit of P and not for anyone else.
A Professional Deputy may be approached by the family members of P to act and will be appointed by the Court to act for P. On the other hand, a Professional Donee is appointed by an individual (i.e. P, before he loses mental capacity) in a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Our Mr. Liaw Jin Poh is among the pioneer batch of professionals who have sat for the Professional Deputies and Donees certification course and fulfilled the registration criteria, and is, with effect from 21 September 2018, able to act as a Professional Deputy/Donee in respect of P’s property and affairs.
A Professional Deputy/Donee does not get involved in making financial decisions that a person can make themselves. A Professional Deputy/Donee may be involved in the routine day-to-day finances, making sure that there are enough monies to meet P’s needs. A Professional Deputy/Donee can get involved with the sale and purchase of immovable and movable assets. The over-riding principle is that a Professional Deputy/Donee will act in the best interests of P.
If you wish to know more what a Professional Deputy/Donee can do for you or how to appoint our Mr. Liaw Jin Poh to act as a Professional Deputy/Donee in respect of Property & Affairs, please email or contact him to arrange for a meeting at 96922522.
For the relevant legislation, please go to the Office of Public Guardian, which is the government body supervising the acts of the Professional Deputy/Donne, and a write-up on the launch on 21 September 2018 at the Enabling Village.