How do I become a co-decision-maker?

If a person wants you to be their co-decision-maker, they will make a co-decision-making agreement with you.

The agreement will be made in writing and include the details of the decisions that you will make together. It must be signed by you, the person appointing you, and two witnesses.

The agreement must be registered with us to come into effect. When you apply to register it, you must tell certain people, like your spouse/civil partner and adult children, about the agreement. You must also provide them with copies of the agreement.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth are currently making rules that will set out more requirements for making this type of agreement. We will provide you with more information as soon as we can.