If a client lacks mental capacity, an application to the Court of Protection to appoint a Deputy is often essential to ensure the vulnerable client’s property and financial affairs are properly managed and protected. It is important to understand the likely costs involved from the outset.
A medical report must accompany the application to the Court of Protection so the relevant healthcare professional is likely to charge a fee. In addition, a Court fee of £385 is payable upon submission of the application. As soon as the Order has been issued, the Deputy must arrange a Security Bond costing between £100-£300 depending upon the value of investments. A further fee of £100 is payable to the Office of the Public Guardian upon the appointment of the Deputy followed by an annual supervision fee of £320 going forward.
Our specialists can help to guide you through the legal processes and ensure that the correct application forms are submitted so there are no delays. We also offer a bespoke Deputy management service so that once you have been appointed you can benefit from as much or as little help as you need.
We charge for the time incurred on an hourly rate set by the Court. All costs relating to the appointment of a Deputy can usually be recovered from the person who lacks mental capacity. Often, the proposed Deputy pays the costs and is then reimbursed once the Deputyship Order is made and they have access to the bank account of the person who lacks mental capacity.