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Are you eligible to receive a partial refund on your Power of Attorney fees?

Have you registered a Lasting Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017?

If so, please read this article as you may be eligible for a refund of part of the registration fee from the Office of Public Guardian.

It has been established that the Office of Public Guardian’s (OPG) operating costs to deal with registering Lasting Powers of Attorney or Enduring Powers of Attorney were lower than anticipated and the Government have advised that refunds are being offered to those who may have been charged more than was necessary to apply to register the documents between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017.

This does not relate to the legal costs incurred in preparing or registering the documents but only the registration fee paid to the OPG to register the documents. The refunds range from £45 to £54 depending on the date that you paid the fee.

If you think you are eligible, you will need to personally apply by contacting the OPG direct by :-

  1. Online : https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund
  2. Helpline : 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6)

The OPG will be able to guide you through the refund process. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist you with this as our legal costs in helping you will exceed the refund. However, we wish to ensure that anyone who may be entitled is made aware of the possibility of a refund claim.

However, if you need any further advice regarding Lasting Powers of Attorney, our experienced Wills and Probate Solicitors in Dorset can guide and assist you with a professional approach, offering you peace of mind and a friendly and efficient service.

For further information please contact our Wills & Probate team who will be happy to discuss the process with you.

Gaynor Cooke

Gaynor Cooke

Wills & Probate Solicitor