Applied to register a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017?
If the answer is yes, you could be due a refund from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).
Why are the OPG offering refunds?
During the last few years the OPG have charged more than necessary for the court fee to register Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney. Because of this, they have been told to repay some of that money.
Who is eligible?
Claims can be made by the donor (the person who made the power of attorney) or their attorney on their behalf. The power must have been made in England or Wales.
This depends on when you paid the fees to register the power of attorney. The following breakdowns apply:
|When you paid the fee||Refund for each power of attorney|
|April to September 2013||£54|
|October 2013 to March 2014||£34|
|April 2014 to March 2015||£37|
|April 2015 to March 2016||£38|
|April 2016 to March 2017||£45|
How to apply
If you use the internet, you or your attorney can apply online. You will need a copy of your power of attorney and the donor’s bank account number and sort code. Please go to the following website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund or call the OPG on 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6).
If the donor has died, the executors of their estate are still able to claim a refund. They will need a copy of the death certificate and will or grant of representation. Please see the above link for how to claim.
Want to make a Lasting Power of Attorney?
If you would like more information about making a power of attorney please have a look at our leaflet (available on our website at http://www.fordsimey.co.uk/wills-lasting-powers-of-attorney/) or if you would like to speak to a member of our private client team please get in touch on 01392 274126.