It was announced by the Ministry or Justice on 1st February 2018 that the Office of Public Guardian’s (OPG) were launching a Fee Refund Scheme.
For those who registered a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) may be entitled to claim a refund for their application fee.
Who is entitled and why?
If you made an LPA or EPA between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 with the Office of Public Guardian, then you are now entitled to a refund of the registration fee and you may even be entitled to interest on top of this.
Between 2013 and 2017 the Office of Public Guardian’s operating costs decreased, but the registration fee did not. The registration fee is only supposed to cover operating costs, meaning the government needs to repay the difference between what applicants paid at the time and what they should have paid.
How much are you entitled to?
Your entitlement could be anything between £34-£54 but this will depend on the date of application, for a full breakdown please see our LPA Fee Refund Page
Making Your Claim
Whether you are the person who made the Power of Attorney, or if you are the Attorney appointed to handle the estate you will be eligible to process the claim.
There are two ways to go about claiming your refund;
You can make a claim online at https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund and click “Claim a Refund Online”
If you are not confident in making your claim online, then let us relive the stress and support you in processing your claim. To find out more contact Nicole Dean on 01782 652311 or email Nicole.Dean@tinsdills.co.uk