Ministry of Justice Power of Attorney Fee Refund Scheme
05 / 02 / 2018
If you applied to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) during the period 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, you could be due a partial refund of the application fee. A “power of attorney fee refund scheme” was launched by the Ministry of Justice on 1 February 2018 and we are required to pass on the following information to all those who are potentially affected:
“A scheme has now been launched to refund those who may have paid more than they should for applying to register powers of attorney.
If you applied to register a lasting or enduring power of attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, and paid an application fee, then you could be due a partial refund.
OPG’s processing costs have been reducing in recent years. This has lead to the Ministry of Justice lowering the application fee in April 2017. The refund scheme allows those who paid a higher fee when costs were reducing to claim a partial refund.
If you, or someone you are acting for, thinks they may be eligible for a refund visit https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund for more details and make a claim using the online service.
If you don’t have internet access please contact the refund helpline by calling OPG on 0300 456 0300* and selecting option 6. This scheme is being administered by OPG.
*Lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm and Wednesday from 10am to 5pm. Please select option 6 if calling. Visit https://www.gov.uk/call-charges for call charges.”
The refund will generally range between £34 and £54. The application must be made by the registered holder of the LPA or EPA or their registered attorneys which means that Wedlake Bell will not generally be able to apply on your behalf. However, if you are unsure whether you are affected and would like to discuss this with us, please contact Andrew O’Keeffe, Head of the Private Client Team, or your usual Wedlake Bell contact. Alternatively, further information on the refund scheme can be found at https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund.