Deputyship in Singapore

Loss of mental capacity

When a person does not make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and loses his or her mental capacity, a deputy has to be appointed to manage that person’s affairs. Significant problems can arise when the primary or sole breadwinner loses mental capacity suddenly, such as in a motor accident, or illness, or individuals suffer from special needs.

What is deemed to be a mental incapacity?

A lack of ability to:

  • understand information relevant to decision making;
  • retaining that information;
  • using or weighing that information as part of the process of making the decision; or
  • communicating their decision (whether by talking, using sign language, or any other means).

What is a deputy?

A deputy is authorised by the Mental Capacity Court to manage your medical needs, personal welfare, and financial affairs. The deputy needs to be:

  • At least 21 years of age;
  • Not bankrupt; and
  • Of sound mind.

The deputy can be a trusted person, such as a family member or a friend.

How do I know the deputy will make decisions in my best interests?

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) will supervise the deputy. This will ensure your interests are looked after properly. At I.R.B Law, we have particular expertise in this area of law. We will be able to assist you in obtaining the necessary Court orders.

Please get in touch with us for an initial consultation to better understand your situation and advise on potential next steps and likely costs involved. Call us now to schedule your initial consultation.

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Our Deputyship Lawyers at IRB

Lawyer in Singapore - Mohamed Baiross
Mohamed Baiross

Founding Partner

Baiross is the managing partner of IRB Law LLP. He is an experienced lawyer with an excellent reputation across a broad selection of practice areas including divorce, insolvency, crime, probate, syariah, and civil litigation.

Lawyer in Singapore - Muntaz Binte Zainuddin
Muntaz Binte Zainuddin


Muntaz is a partner in I.R.B. Law and oversees the work of associates as well as manages the firm with the Managing Partner. She holds two degrees from the National University of Singapore.

Lawyer in Singapore - Ashwin Ganapathy
Ashwin Ganapathy


Ashwin has a keen passion in criminal defence and contested matrimonial matters. He has gained a reputation for fearlessly fighting for the defence of accused persons in all types of criminal offences.

Lawyer in Singapore - Kulvinder Kaur
Kulvinder Kaur


Kulvinder’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, and matrimonial affairs. She has successfully obtained sole custody and highly favorable access arrangements for her clients (both mothers and fathers).

Lawyer in Singapore - Cherie Tan
Cherie Tan


Cherie’s primary focus is on matrimonial matters where her empathy, sensitivity and patience has won her many cases involving divorce, maintenance and custody. She speaks English, Mandarin and Hokkien.

Lawyer in Singapore - Mohammed Shakirin
Mohammed Shakirin


Mohammed Shakirin graduated from the highly selective Graduate LLB program at the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons). He covers a wide range of legal areas for his clients.

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