Did you apply to register your Lasting Power of Attorney documents between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017? If so, you could be eligible for a refund. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is issuing refunds to those who may have been overcharged when applying to register either their Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or their Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA).
This is because throughout this period, the OPG’s operating costs became reduced as more people applied to register a power of attorney document. The process became more efficient however the application fee charged was not reduced in line with this.
As a result, the Ministry of Justice, who are responsible for setting the OPG’s fees, reduced the application fee with effect from 1st April 2017. Subsequently a refund scheme run by the OPG, has now been launched for those who paid the higher fee during this time period.
The process for making a claim is quick and simple using the OPG’s online service. One form per donor needs to be completed and the OPG will then find all power of attorney registration fees that were paid by the donor during the relevant period.
For more information on claiming your refund, please click here. Should you need further assistance, there is also a dedicated refund service helpline on 0300 456 0330; select option 6 to be transferred to the refunds team.