Government launches LPA Fee Refund Scheme.
If you made an application for a Lasting Power of Attorney between April 2013 and March 2017 you may be eligible for a partial refund on the fee paid.
The Government have launched a scheme to refund anyone who may have paid more than they should have when applying to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). If you made an application to register a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017, you could be due a partial refund.
With two types of LPA, financial and health & welfare, there is a potential that some people could be due a refund of up to £108 if they have made an application for both. The Ministry of Justice estimates that up to 1.7m applications might be affected.
The refund is being given as between 2013 and 2017, the OPG operating costs came down as more people applied for LPA’s and the process became more efficient. The application fee should have been reduced in line with this and the Ministry of Justice have accepted that clients can claim this money back.
How do I apply?
If you believe that you, or someone you know may be eligible to claim a refund from the OPG then you should contact them on 0300 456 0300 option 6 between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Alternatively a claim can be made using the online service. Only one form needs to be completed for each donor and the OPG will find all LPA application fees paid by the donor during that period. For more information visit www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund
Do I need a solicitor?
Although you do not need a solicitor to make a claim for a fee refund, you may have some concerns or queries about an existing or new LPA, and in this case, it is a good idea to seek advice from a legal expert. An LPA is a powerful and important document and a qualified solicitor will have extensive experience in correctly preparing them.
At Cooke Painter, our solicitors are specialists in helping families get their affairs in order. We provide a full and comprehensive service that allows you to select trusted friends or family members to deal with affairs on your behalf. We will take you through the intricate procedures that need to be followed to make a successful Power of Attorney. Contact us today on 0117 971 6765 or complete our contact us form for more information.