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Lasting Power of Attorney: Are you owed a refund?

 

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has announced that they will be choosing to refund part of the fees for Enduring Powers of Attorney and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) charged between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017.

Refunds will be processed in approximately twelve weeks from date of request and can be claimed either by phoning the OPG directly on 0300 456 0300 or online by following the link below:

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

The claim must be made by the Donor (the person whose LPA it is) or, if they are not able to claim, by their appointed attorney on the official document. Sorry but we cannot process or request these refunds on your behalf.

The reason for the refunds is that the OPG is not allowed to charge more than it costs to process LPA documents. During the timeframe mentioned above the OPG’s operating costs came down as more people applied to register a power of attorney and the process became more efficient, but the application fee charged was not reduced in line with this.

There is currently no deadline for the claim process but make sure you start the process as soon as possible, just in case!