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Office of the Public Guardian launches Power of Attorney refund scheme

February 2018

A refund scheme for people who made Lasting Powers of Attorney or Enduring Powers of Attorney and were charged too much by the Office of the Public Guardian to register them has just been launched.

In an announcement made by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the refunds are being offered on all Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney registrations between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 where fees were paid.

The refund can be claimed by the Donor (the person that made the Lasting Power of Attorney) or the attorney on his or her behalf and applies per document. The refund for each Lasting Power of Attorney will range between £34 and £54 depending when it was registered.

According to the MoJ, the process to register for powers of attorney became more efficient during this period and as a result, operating costs for the Office of the Public Guardian came down. However, the fee charged for the application did not reduce in line with this. The fee was subsequently lowered by the MoJ, a change which came into effect 1 April 2017.

A claim for a refund can be made via an online claim form https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund or, for those with no internet access, by phone.

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