You may recall that from the 1st April 2017, the fees for applying to register Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) and Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) were reduced from £110 to £82.
The Office of Public Guardian (OPG) has since announced that the Ministry of Justice has agreed to refund the excess, and has now launched a refund scheme for those who paid a higher fee in the qualifying earlier period.
Are you eligible?
The refunds are being offered to those who registered an LPA or EPA between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 who may have been charged more by the OPG than was necessary to apply to register.
During this period, the OPG’s operating costs came down as more people applied for a Power of Attorney and the process became more efficient, but the application fee charged was not reduced in line with this.
Can you claim?
A claim can be made by following:
- the ‘Donor’ – the person who made the Power of Attorney i.e the Client
- an ‘Attorney’ – appointed by the Donor in an LPA or EPA
Only one claim is necessary per Donor, even if more than one Power of Attorney was registered. The refund payable is dependent on the date the fees were paid.
How do I claim?
You can claim online, the procedure takes around 10 minutes via the gov.uk website. Your UK bank account number and sort code will be required.
You can also claim via phone, especially if you don’t have a UK bank account, a person in question has passed away, has difficulty using a computer, or if you are a court appointed deputy.
Lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm and Wednesday from 10am to 5pm. Please select option 6 if calling. Visit www.gov.uk/call-charges for call charges.You can process your claim via the The Refunds Helpline:
- Telephone: 0300 456 0300*
- Textphone: 0115 934 2778
- Refunds Helpline Email: email@example.com
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