Claim a Power of Attorney Refund

Claim a Power of Attorney REFUND

The Ministry of Justice and Office of the Public Guardian have recently advised that if you registered a power of attorney from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017, you can apply to get part of your application fee back.

The refund applies to lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA) if you made the power of attorney in England or Wales.

Who can claim?

You can claim for a refund if you are:

  1. The donor – i.e. the person who made the power of attorney;
  2. The attorney – i.e. the person appointed by the donor in their LPA or EPA.

The refund is only payable to the donor.

The refund can still be made if the donor has died since registering their power of attorney.

You only need to make one claim per donor, even if the donor had registered more than one power of attorney.

Even if you don’t know when you paid the fees, you can still apply for the refund.

 

How much is the refund?

The refund amount differs depending on when you paid the application fees.

Your refund amount will also include 0.5% interest.

If you paid a reduced application fee, you will receive half the refund amount listed below:

 

When you paid the fee Refund for each power of attorney
April to September 2013 £54
October 2013 to March 2014 £34
April 2014 to March 2015 £37
April 2015 to March 2016 £38
April 2016 to March 2017 £45

How to claim?

  • Online; or
  • By phone.

You must claim by phone if:

  • the donor doesn’t have a UK bank account;
  • the donor has died; or
  • you are a deputy appointed by the Court.

What happens after you have claimed

Claims are taking up to 12 weeks to be processed.

If approved, the refund will be paid to the donor’s bank account.

If rejected, you can appeal the decision.

All those eligible for a partial refund on their power of attorney fees can apply from today.

If you wish to find out more, please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund

or alternatively, please contact our Wills and Probate Department at Michael Lewin Solicitors on 0113 2009787.

Katherine Law Michael Lewin Solicitors

Katherine Law

Solicitor

Call 0113 200 9787 to speak to one of our solicitors.

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