Thank you for looking at our Court of Protection services.
Sadly, in life, there are certain circumstances in which family members or loved ones can find themselves in a vulnerable position, through either illness, disability or brain injury and may no longer have the mental capacity to make decisions to manage their own welfare, property or finances.
In such instances, a specialist court, the Court of Protection, will deal with the affairs of those individuals who lack the mental capacity to do so themselves.
Whether you need support with a Court of Protection application or require a Professional Deputy, our Court of Protection solicitors are here to help.
We have an experienced team who can assist you with the Court of Protection process and all the aspects of applying to become a deputy reducing the administrative burden.
You will have the confidence that you are our priority, with our aim being that any member of the team is available to speak with you when you need some clarity and certainty at any stage in the process. We feel this provides reassurance and gives you an outlet for any concerns that you may have. Fees are generally paid out of the estate, so there may not be a need for you to fund the administration.
We are proud to hold Lexcel and WIQS Accreditations, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain high levels of client care.
The Wills,Trust and Probate department is headed up by Emma Stride. Director, Susan Howarth, is the Practice Supervisor for the private client department (Wills, Trust & Probate) and the Law Society's WIQS accreditation.
We offer both fixed fees and an hourly rate charging rate, whereby you will be charged for each hour of work undertaken.
Court of Protection Fees
Our fees legal fees will range between £1,500 to £3,000 plus VAT and disbursements. The fees will vary and are dependent upon individual circumstances and are generally paid from assets owned by the person who has lost capacity.
Exceptionally, an application to the Court of Protection will be contested which involves Court hearings and additional costs and for which we would need to provide a separate costs figure.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. An average deputyship application will involve a fee for obtaining the required medical certificate to confirm the incapacity of the person involved and an application fee for the Court of Protection. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Applying to become a deputy can take up to six months – some times longer if there are complicating factors.
With every transaction there are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. Making an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed as a deputy will typically involve the following:-
- Obtaining medical evidence to confirm that the person involved no longer has capacity
- Completing the Court application forms with all the details about the person’s personal and financial affairs
- Submitting the application to the Court
- Notifying close relatives of the application having been issued
- Receiving the Deputyship order