Are you due a Power of Attorney fee refund?

Did you pay to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in England or Wales between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017? If so, under a new Government scheme you are owed a refund of up to £54.

The scheme offers fee refunds on both types of Power of Attorney, so if you and your partner made four between you, you could be eligible for a refund of up to £216 plus interest.

Why am I getting a refund?
Between 2013 and 2017, the operating costs of the Office of the Public Guardian decreased, but the application fee stayed at £110. The fee is only supposed to cover costs, so the Government is repaying the difference back to applicants.

How do I claim?
You must be either the person who made the Power of Attorney, or the appointed attorney in an LPA or EPA to make a claim – although either way the money will be refunded back to be person who made the Power of Attorney. You can claim a refund even if the Power of Attorney has been used, and there’s currently no deadline by which you must apply.

To make a claim, either call 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6) or visit https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund

If you have not made a Power of Attorney yet, or would like more information regarding how they work, please contact the Forrester Sylvester Mackett Private Client team at any of our five offices.

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.

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