The Government has launched a scheme to enable people in England and Wales to claim back excessive fees which they paid to the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) for Lasting Power of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney application.
The OPG refund scheme is for fees payments made between 1st April 2013 and the 31st March 2017 and it includes repeat applications and remissions whether the power of attorney was registered or not.
The refund can be claimed by the Donor, i.e. the person who made the power of attorney, or any Attorney appointed by the Donor in the document. However, the refund must be paid to the Donor.
You only need to make one claim per Donor, even if you made more than one power of attorney.
The amount you will get depends upon the fees you paid at the time of the application. You will also get 0.5% interest.
You can still claim a refund, even if you don’t know when you paid the fees.
|When Your Paid the Fee
||Refund for Each Power of Attorney|
|April to September 2013||£54.00|
|October 2013 to March 2014||£34.00|
|April 2014 to March 2015||£37.00|
|April 2015 to March 2016||£38.00|
|March 2016 to March 2017||£45.00|
You can make a claim by phone if the Donor doesn’t have a UK bank account or the Donor has since died.
The refund helpline number is : 0300 456 0300 (choose Option 6). Alternatively you can make a claim online at : https://claim/power-of-attorney-refund.service.gov.uk
Unfortunately the solicitor making the application is unable to make this claim on your behalf. Should you have any questions regarding the above, please telephone the refunds claim number listed above.