The Government is offering refunds to those who may have been overcharged when applying to register lasting or enduring powers of attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 .
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to nominate a trusted friend or relative to look after your affairs if you lose mental capacity. There are two types of LPA, one for finance and property and one for health and welfare.
The reason behind the refund is that the Office of the Public Guardian’s operating costs went down, but the application fee stayed the same. It reduced from £110 to £82 on 1st April 2017. As the fee is only supposed to cover operating costs the Government is repaying the difference between what applicants paid and what they should have, plus interest at 0.5%.
What you will receive depends on when you paid the fee and whether you paid full or half price. You could get up to £54 per LPA.
Making a claim is simple and you only need to make one claim per donor (the person making the Power of Attorney), even if you made more than one LPA.
You can make a claim if you are the donor or an attorney appointed by the donor, but the refund will go to the donor. You can also get a refund if the donor has died (criteria applies).
To apply for a refund you can go online at www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund or phone the Office of the Public Guardian’s helpline on 0300 456 0300 and select option 6.
You don’t need the Power of Attorney document itself, just the donor’s name, address and date of birth, their UK bank account details and the name of an attorney on the Power of Attorney.
It can take up to 12 weeks for your claim to be processed and paid.