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Power of attorney refund deadline approaches

As you may be aware, in 2017 the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) reduced the fee for registering an Enduring Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney from £110 to £82. The price reduction was to reflect a reduction in the operating costs of the OPG as more people applied to register powers of attorney and the process became more efficient.

There was a delay between the reduction in operating costs and the reduction in fee and therefore the OPG introduced a refund scheme for all those who applied to register a power of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017.

However, the refund scheme has a deadline and all refunds must be claimed by 1 February 2021.

At the time the application fee charged was not reduced in line with the cost reduction and the OPG has introduced a refund scheme for payments made between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017

Refunds will be made to the person who made the LPA, though the attorney is also able to make the claim and the refund can also be claimed by the executors of a person who registered a LPA but who has now died.

Refunds will include 0.5% interest.

The refund process is quick and easy and can be handled online by clicking here – or alternatively you can call the OPG’s dedicated refund helpline 0300 456 0300 (option 6) or email: poarefunds@justice.gsi.gov.uk 

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