A point that clients bring up is how much solicitors charge to prepare and register a power of attorney. To put it simply, it is higher than they expect. There was a time when it was a much simpler process with no requirement for court registration. Changes were made in the law with the aim of protecting a vulnerable class of persons. Not creating a power of attorney will mean that the only option, once the person loses capacity, is an application to the Court of Protection. The latter process costs more. This point is illustrated by the £82 court fee for a power of attorney and the minimum £400 court fee plus annual supervision fee for a Court of Protection.