Signing IS forms on behalf of someone else


S

Syd Bee

As I understand it, a friend/relative or appointed person can fill in
and sign IB application forms on behalf of somebody else, and even
without their knowledge, and there is provision for that at the back of
the form.

Now what is the case with IS forms, because on looking at the forms I
have in front of me, there isn't such a provision for somebody else to
sign this and needs to be done by the actual claimant.

The forms need to be filled in and returned together as part of the same
claim, yet if a person is incapable of dealing with the IB forms, how
are they supposed to be able to deal with IS forms?

Can it be signed on their behalf and sent with a covering letter of
explanation, or will it be rejected outright?

TIA
 
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Mike

Syd said:
As I understand it, a friend/relative or appointed person can fill in
and sign IB application forms on behalf of somebody else, and even
without their knowledge, and there is provision for that at the back of
the form.

Now what is the case with IS forms, because on looking at the forms I
have in front of me, there isn't such a provision for somebody else to
sign this and needs to be done by the actual claimant.

The forms need to be filled in and returned together as part of the same
claim, yet if a person is incapable of dealing with the IB forms, how
are they supposed to be able to deal with IS forms?

Can it be signed on their behalf and sent with a covering letter of
explanation, or will it be rejected outright?

TIA
It will be rejected outright, you need to be appointed by the DWP to act
on the customers behalf (appointee) or have some form of Power Of
Attourney. If the customer is mentaly incapable of delaing with their
own affairs then contact the DWP to arrange a visit to establish
appointeeship. If they are still capable but don't want to deal with
their affairs then they can sign an Enduring Power of Attourney to allow
you to deal with their affairs. The DWP will accept this and the EPOA
is valid as long as the customer continues to give their consent AND are
mentaly capable. If the customer later becomes incapale the EPOA is
must be registered with the court of protection if you wish to use it.

Standard EPOA docs can be obtained from a good stationers and do not
require an solicitor. There are other ways to gain control of their
affairs such as via the Court of Protection but these will require a
solicitor.

Mike
 

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