Will I be entitled to a refund of my LPA registration fee?
Following changes introduced by the Government to registration fees charged by the Office of the Public Guardian, from 1st February 2018 refunds are being offered to those who may have been charged more than was necessary to apply to register a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017.
Why has this scheme been launched by the Government?
Between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017, the Office of the Public Guardian’s operating costs came down as a result of increased efficiency in dealing with LPA and EPA registrations. However, the application fee charged at the time was not reduced to reflect this.
The Ministry of Justice, which sets the Office of the Public Guardian’s fees, reduced the application fee with effect from 1st April 2017, and has now launched a scheme to reimburse those who paid a higher fee in the qualifying period.
Who can claim?
You can make a claim if you’re:
• the ‘donor’ – the person who made the LPA
• an ‘attorney’ – a person appointed by the donor in an LPA or EPA
The refund must be paid to the donor.
You only need to make one claim per donor, even if you made more than one power of attorney.
How to claim
If you think you may be eligible for a refund, you can visit the government website for more details and how to make a claim.
Click here to find out more about Powers of Attorney.