Are you owed a refund from the Office of the Public Guardian?

If you applied to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) between the 1st April 2013 and the 31st March 2017, then you may be entitled to have part of this fee refunded. An LPA or EPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) in order to take effect and this involves a registration fee. During the period outlined above there was a significant increase in the number of LPAs and EPAs registered and this led to a more streamlined process but the registration fee was not reduced to reflect this.

In April 2017, the registration fee was reduced from £110 to £82 and a scheme has been launched offering a partial refund for LPAs and EPAs registered during the period between 2013 and 2017.

In order to claim this refund you need to contact the OPG and you must either be the person who created the power of attorney or the person who was appointed as the attorney. There is an online service available in order to make the claim and the system is supposed to provide a quick and simple process for obtaining the refund. It is also possible to make the claim over the phone and interest at 0.5% will be applied to the funds that you are owed.

The scheme runs until 1st February 2021 so it is important to make sure you bring the claim within this time limit.

If you have any questions regarding powers of attorney or matters relating to Mental Capacity then contact our specialist lawyers by contacting 0161 615 5554, by email to info@psg-law.co.uk or via our livechat facility.