Could you claim a power of attorney refund?
Posted on February 5th 2018
If you applied to register a Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 you can now get part of your application fee back. Read on to learn more.
If you made a power of attorney between the above dates you may have been charged more than necessary by the government. Since this period, the Office of the Public Guardian’s (OPG) operating costs have come down. This is because more people applied to register powers of attorney and the process became more efficient. However, the application fee was not reduced in line with this efficiency.
The Ministry of Justice reduced the fee from April 1st 2017. They have now launched a much-needed refund scheme for those who paid a higher fee in the qualifying period.
How much will you get?
The amount you will get depends on when you paid the fees. You will also get 0.5% interest. For example, if you made the power of attorney between April to September 2013 you will get £54 per power of attorney. If you made it between April 2016 and March 2017, you will get £45 per power of attorney. A full list of the refund fees can be found here.
Who can claim?
You can claim a refund if you are either the donor (the person who made the power of attorney) or an attorney (the person appointed by the donor in an LPA or EPA). However, the refund must be paid to the donor.
How to claim:
It takes about 10 minutes to claim online but you can only claim by phone if:
- The donor has died.
- The donor does not have a UK bank account.
- You’re a court-appointed deputy.
Importantly, you’ll need the donor’s bank account number and sort code.
How long will it be before you get your refund?
According to the government website, it can take up to 12 weeks for your claim to be processed.
Please click here to read more on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund
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