The Ministry of Justice has launched the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) fee refund scheme for clients who applied to register a power of attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017. This applies to lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA).
However, there are conditions: you can only make claim a refund if you made the power of attorney in England or Wales, and of course there is a time limit: you must claim your refund by 31 January 2021.
You can apply to the scheme online, however, clients who have no access to the internet can ring the OPG on their helpline number in order to action a telephone claim instead (0300 456 0300 [choose option 6]).
You can make a claim if you're:
- The donor.
- An attorney.
How much you get depends on when you paid the fees, but you'll also get 0.5% interest. Don't worry, you can still claim a refund even if you don't know when you paid the fees.
|When You Paid The Fee||Refund For Each Power Of Attorney|
|April - September 2013||£54|
|October 2013 - March 2014||£34|
|April 2014 - March 2015||£37|
|April 2015 - March 2016||£38|
|April 2016 - March 2017||£45|
If you paid a reduced fee, you'll get half the refund amounts set out above.
There is a different process if the donor has passed away, whereby only the personal representatives of their estate are entitled to claim the refund.
Details on how to make your claim can be found here. The Government site will guide you through the process, letting you know exactly what you need before you get started.
If you need any advice regarding your LPA refund or wish to arrange for Lasting Powers of Attorney then please contact us on 01603 620508 or via our email contact form to speak to one of our Wills, Trusts & Probate solicitors in Norwich, Wymondham or Lowestoft.
LPA Offer - 20% discount on our fees for the simultaneous preparation and registration of LPAs for all appointments made on or before 31st March 2018