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Caring for a vulnerable relative

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Add your signposting title here… Are you caring for someone who needs additional support?

Learn more about the support available, information on Powers of Attorney and Third Party access. It's important to be clear about your role and if you're caring for someone, it's a good idea to let their doctor know.

Add your signposting title here… Help if you're self-isolating

Vulnerable customers helpline

Call us to find out what additional services we can offer vulnerable customers who are self-isolating, such as having cash delivered at home, letting a friend or relative withdraw money at a cash machine, or ordering a Companion Card to pay for shopping.

Call us on 0800 092 4238

Lines are open 8am-8pm every day

Add your signposting title here… Banking from home

During this time we want to make it as easy as possible for you to manage and look after your money. Find out how we can help you with online and mobile banking, with helpful videos and step by step guides to get you started.

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Add your signposting title here… Power of Attorney

If you're caring for a vulnerable relative, you're most likely dealing with their financial affairs too. A Power of Attorney is a document that allows someone to appoint a person or organisation to manage their affairs if they become unable to do so and can help avoid confusion later on. An attorney should be someone highly trustworthy; for most people that's a family member or a close friend. 

A Power of Attorney needs to be arranged while someone is still capable of making their own decisions in order to grant it. 

You can find more information about arranging for a Power of Attorney 

You'll need to register a Power of Attorney with us, find out which ones we accept below.

Add your signposting title here… Which Powers of Attorney do we accept?

To register a Power of Attorney with Ulster Bank we require a Power of Attorney document that deals with the financial and property affairs of the customer. This can cover selling their home, paying the mortgage and bills and making investments.

There are several different types of Power of Attorney and it is important you use the correct one for your circumstances. When deciding which type will work for you, read the information on the different types of Power of Attorney, via the Office of Care and Protection website

Ulster Bank only accepts Power of Attorney documents governed by Northern Irish law.

Add your signposting title here… Register a Power of Attorney

To register a Power of Attorney with us, you will need to complete a form to add the Power of Attorney to the account. You can do this at any branch.

Please bring with you the original copy of the full Power of Attorney document or a copy certified by a solicitor. Please be aware that some Power of Attorney documents contain certificates which we will also need to view. Please make sure that the solicitor hands across all parts of the document.

We will need to see 2 forms of identification. Please refer to our list of acceptable identification.

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What can a Power of Attorney do?

Task
Customer has capacity Customer lacks capacity
  • Signing rights
Both the customer and the Attorney will have the right to sign on the account Only the Attorney will have the right to sign on the account
  • Opening and closing accounts
The Attorney can open and close accounts on behalf of the customer The Attorney can open and close accounts on behalf of the customer
  • Setting up and cancellling Direct Debits and Standing Orders
The Attorney can add, cancel or amend both Direct Debits and Standing Orders The Attorney can add, cancel or amend both Direct Debits and Standing Orders
  • Statements
The Attorney can order additional statements for the customer have duplicate statements sent to their own address The Attorney will have all statements sent to their address
  • Cheque book and card
The Attorney can have a cheque book and/or card in their name (as long as signing rules for the Attorney are to sign jointly or severally) The Attorney can have a cheque book and/or card in their name (as long as signing rules for the Attorney are jointly or severally)
  • Internet and Telephone access
The Attorney can access the accounts via their own internet and telephony banking (as long as the Power of Attorney signing rules are to sign jointly or severally) The Attorney can access the accounts via their own internet and telephony banking (as long as the Power of Attorney signing rules are to sign jointly or severally)
Add your signposting title here… Acceptable identification for registering

To register a Power of Attorney with us, make an appointment with any Ulster Bank branch and bring the following documents with you:

The original copy of the full Power of Attorney document or a copy certified by a solicitor. Please be aware some Power of Attorney documents contain certificates which we will also need to view.  Please make sure the solicitor hands across all parts of the document.

2 forms of identification. For acceptable identification please follow the link below.

Required identification
Add your signposting title here… Giving someone access to your bank accounts

Sometimes you might need help managing your bank accounts - you can do this by putting in place a third-party mandate to allow another person to access your accounts. When this mandate is in place the third party can:

  • Close accounts for the customer
  • Have a debit card, cheque book and paying in book on the account
  • Set up telephone and online banking
  • Arrange and cancel payments on the account

To register a Third Party with us, you will need to complete an Add a Third Party to an Account form, signed by you as the customer and the third party. You will both need to bring 2 forms of identification into one of our branches. Please refer to our list of acceptable identification.

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Add your signposting title here… Other ways of managing someone's affairs

If there's no Power of Attorney in place, you can apply to the Office of Care and Protection to be made a 'controller'. This will allow you to manage their affairs under the supervision of the court who will make sure you act in that person's best interests.

The Office of Care and Protection makes decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who don't have the mental capacity to do so. They can:

  • decide if someone has the capacity to make decisions for themselves
  • appoint deputies where the person lacks mental capacity
  • give you permission to make one-off decisions for someone who lacks mental capacity
More about the Office of Care and Protection
Add your signposting title here… Organisations that can offer support

Make the most of extra support available to help you care more effectively. The local authority of the person you care for may be able to help with this, you can find their details on the nidirect.gov.uk website. Other organisations will also be able to help.

A guide to social care
NHS

Information on Government services and allowances for carers
nidirect.gov.uk

Expert advice, information and support
carersuk.org/northernireland

Advice on paying for the cost of care and managing money
Money Advice Service

 

Frequently asked questions

 

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Icon expand How do I register a Office of Care and Protection Order with you?

To register this with us, if the patient holds a bank account with us, you will need to come into any branch to restyle the account to reflect your controller status. This means you can take control of the existing accounts and operate them on behalf of the patient.

If the patient is not an account holder with us, we are able to open a new controller style bank account for you to assist you with managing their affairs. You will need to provide us with the original sealed and embossed court order appointing you as controller and 2 forms of acceptable identification.

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Icon expand What can a Power of Attorney do on an account?

A Power of Attorney is a legal document which an individual can have put in place that allows another individual/s to look after their financial and property affairs and/or their personal welfare.

The duties the Attorney can perform for the other individual depends on the individuals' own capacity to run their financial affairs.

Find out more about what a Power of Attorney can do in the circumstances where the individual either has capacity or lacks capacity.

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Icon expand How can I add a third party to an account?

To add a third party to an account you'll need to get a Third Party Mandate form from one of our branches and complete it. You'll also need to provide ID along with your completed form. 

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