The Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Public Guardian (‘OPG’) have launched a scheme offering a refund of part of the registration fee to those people who registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017.
As a result of savings in the operating costs of the registration process at the OPG, the fee for registering Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney was reduced to £82 on 1st April 2017.
The OPG have now announced that they are offering a refund and interest at 0.5% to those people who registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017, and who therefore paid a higher registration fee.
The table below shows the refund available for each power of attorney registered:
|Date when registration fee paid||Refund for each
Power of Attorney
|April 2013 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|
A claimant can either apply online by using the following link https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund or telephone the OPG Refunds Team on 0300 456 0300 and select option 6. Applications must be made by no later than 31st January 2021.
The claimant can be either the donor of the Power of Attorney or the attorney. In addition to a copy of the Power of Attorney, they will also need to have the donor’s UK bank account number and sort code, as the refund has to be paid to the donor.
For more information, please contact the partner having responsibility for your affairs or any partner in the private client department here.