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Issues Arising in Acting as Appointee for Clients

1 November 1996

Issues Arising in Acting as Appointee for Clients

For many clients receiving their welfare benefits through the use of an Appointee can be helpful and can assist in the overall management of their affairs. However, it is important to consider some of the professional issues which can arise when acting in this capacity.

For most clients who have capacity to manage their own affairs the obvious route will be to appoint an agent to handle the collection of their State Benefits or in the alternative to arrange, where possible, for these benefits to be paid directly into their bank/building society account. However, where the client is mentally incapable of managing their own affairs then the way forward is by use of the Secretary of State appointment of an Appointee. (See BA leaflet AP1 A Helping Hand: How can you help somebody with a disability claim the Social Security benefits due to them?).

Appointeeship is regulated by Reg 33 of t...

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