At the end of the deputy year, the report is due within two months. You should begin working on the report as soon as all the relevant information is available, and you should aim to submit the report within the first month. Leaving it to the last minute could result in discovering too late that you are missing certain details, which could then make the report unnecessarily late and make you seem unreliable.
If the two months are close to expiring and, despite all your best efforts, you still have not received all the information you need, make sure that you apply to the Office of the Public Guardian for an extension. You will need to explain the reasons for your request and when you anticipate being in a position to finalise and submit the report. Do not simply fail to submit the report in time without first requesting an extension, as the Office of the Public Guardian will not look favourably upon this.
If you are at all unsure about your reporting duties or the details you should be including, seek help from our solicitors. We are familiar with the format of the deputy reports and we can help ensure your report is accurate and the rules are correctly followed, either by checking this for you or completing the report on your behalf.
If you are acting as a deputy and you are concerned about any other aspect of the role, or you feel you can no longer manage, our solicitors can offer you impartial and expert advice. Whilst you cannot delegate or transfer your duties as a deputy, we can assist you by offering support and advice with regard to any decisions you must make.