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Refund of Fees

Refunds for Lasting Powers of Attorney

 

Revised fees

 

Last year the fees for registering a lasting power of attorney reduced from £110 to £82 for all new registrations from 1 April 2017.

 

A rare example of a fee reduction by the Office of the Public Guardian which is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.

 

While this is fine for new registrations, what about fees that have previously been paid?

 

Refund of fees

 

The good news is that you can claim a refund of fees for registrations of both lasting powers of attorney or enduring powers of attorney if you applied to register between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017.

 

There is a longstop. The refund must be claimed by 31 January 2021.

 

The refund is limited to powers of attorney made in either England or Wales.

 

Who can claim the refund?

 

The donor (the person who made the power of attorney) can apply or the appointed attorney can apply for the refund if they are able to act under the power of attorney.

 

If the donor has died since registration the executor (if there is a will) or administrator (if an intestacy) can claim the refund.

 

The refund will range from £45 to £54 depending upon the date of registration.

 

The refund may take 12 weeks to be processed.

 

How to claim the refund

 

The easiest way to apply is online.

 

Follow the link: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund

 

You will need details of the donor`s UK bank account and sort code and a copy of the power of attorney.

 

If you do not have internet access, you can claim by telephone.

 

Telephone: 0300 456 0300 (option 6)

 

Email: poarefunds@justice.gsi.gov.uk

 

If you wish to discuss a refund or powers of attorney generally please call our office on 01827 311411.

 

Tony Illsley

 

Solicitor & Head of the Private Client Department

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