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Powers of attorney - Fee refund scheme launched

Today the Government has launched a scheme to enable people in England and Wales to claim back excessive fees they paid the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for lasting power of attorney (LPA) and enduring power of attorney (EPA) applications. The OPG refund scheme is for fee payments between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 and includes repeat applications and remissions, whether the power of attorney was registered or not. You can read the full Ministry of Justice press release here.

All those eligible for a partial refund on their power of attorney fees can apply from today. Further details on the scheme are available here and include:

  • Who can claim a refund
  • How much the refund will be (typically £45-54)
  • How to claim

The refund scheme is by way of online application and will take approximately 10 minutes. Claims can be submitted by the person who made the power of attorney or an appointed attorney.

However, you must claim by phone instead (Telephone: 0300 456 0300 - choose option 6) if:

  • the donor doesn't have a UK bank account
  • the donor has died
  • you are a court-appointed deputy

Claim a power of attorney refund here.

There is a refunds helpline which you can access by calling 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6) or by emailing poarefunds@justice.gsi.gov.uk

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