If you registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 you might be entitled to a partial refund of the registration fee.
Why might I be entitled to a refund?
Between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 registration fees were not reduced in line with lower operating costs, resulting in overcharging. From the 1st April 2017 registration fees were reduced and therefore no claims may be made for a refund of power of attorney registration fees paid after this date.
Who can apply?
You are able to apply for a refund if you are the donor (the person making the power of attorney) or an attorney (a person appointed in the power of attorney).
How much will I get back?
The level of refund that you are entitled to will depend upon when the fee was paid and how much was paid, including annual interest of 0.5%:
Date registration fee paid: Refund available:
From April 2013 to September 2013: £54
October 2013 to March 2014: £34
April 2014 to March 2015: £37
April 2015 to March 2016: £38
April 2016 to March 2017: £45
The above refund values apply if the full registration fee was paid. If you were entitled to a 50% reduction of the fee, the refund due will be half of the above for the relevant time period.
What is the deadline for claims?
The deadline for making a claim is 31st January 2021. It can take up to 12 weeks for the claim to be processed.
How to make a claim:
If you believe you are entitled to a refund, there are two routes available to start off your claim:
What if I have more than one power of attorney?
Only one claim needs to be made per donor, even if more than one power of attorney has been registered on their behalf. If successful, the refund will be paid directly to the donor.
What happens if the donor has since died?
You are still able to make a claim if the donor has passed away. A claim on behalf of a deceased donor will need to be made via telephone.
If you would like more information please contact Jones & Co Solicitors.