Are you entitled to a refund for your Lasting Power of Attorney fees?

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), the Government body who monitor attorneys and deputies, have announced that they are partially refunding those who applied to register either a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), and paid an application fee, between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 in England or Wales.

Due to a rise in applications for LPAs in recent years, the OPG’s registration procedures have become much more efficient, enabling them to reduce their administrative fees (and they are not allowed to make a profit from such fees).  Recently, they lowered the application fee from £110 to £82, and in April 2013 from £130. The refund scheme allows those who paid a higher fee to claim a partial refund, plus interest at 0.5% from the date the original registration fee was paid.

You can make the claim if you are the donor or the attorney, or if the donor has since died, the Executor of the will or the administrator of the estate may apply. The refund must be paid to the donor or to the Executor/administrator as appropriate.  You will only need to make one claim per person, as the system will pick up if that donor had made more than one LPA or EPA.

Those who believe they may be eligible for a refund should follow the link: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund to complete an online application.  There are also details on the link of how to claim the refund by post or you may call a dedicated refund hotline on 0300 456 0300 and select option 6.

While LPA registration fees are at their lowest, there is no better time to consider making a new LPA in relation to your personal finances or your health and welfare, and whilst it would not be cost effective to instruct a Solicitor to claim back your refund, Meaby&Co would be more than happy to assist with any LPA enquiries.

Should you have any questions, please contact Laura Sentkovsky in our Private Client team on 0207 703 5034 or at laura@meaby.co.uk.

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