The legal costs are fixed by the Court of Protection and those are the costs we are paid. They amount to £850 plus VAT. There is a means-tested Court fee payable to the Court of protection.
In addition, there is usually a fee payable to the doctor who assesses the ability to deal with the person’s affairs themselves.
These fees are not paid by the Deputy, but once a Deputyship order is made are properly payable out of the donor’s money.
Applying for a deputyship enable somebody’s affairs to be properly dealt with rather than staying in limbo which is clearly not acceptable – and can be very difficult to manage.
In certain limited circumstances where people’s finances are very straightforward there may be other ways we can advise on to avoid the need for a deputyship.
We have a team who are very experienced in dealing with these applications. Please do not hesitate to contact us as we are very happy to answer informal queries so that you can make the right decision for you and your family.
Contact our Deputyship and Court of Protection Solicitors in Wakefield on 01924 332395 or Pontefract on 01977 705762.