Q. I understand that it is possible to obtain a refund of registration fees relating to Powers of Attorney is this correct?
A. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) have announced a refund scheme effective from 1 February 2018. Refunds are being offered to those who may have been charged more than was necessary to register a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. During this period, the OPG became more efficient with the registration process which reduced operational costs and as a government body the OPG is not permitted to make a profit and therefore must refund the applicant.
The Ministry of Justice, which sets OPGs fees, reduced the application fee from £110 to £82 with effect from 1 April 2017, and has now launched a partial refund scheme for those who paid the higher fee prior to 1 April 2017. The scheme is run by the OPG. The refund is not automatic and you must claim the refund.
You can apply online or by telephone and only one form needs to be completed per donor. Alternatively, please get in touch if you would like Hegarty Solicitors to claim the refund on your behalf. We confirm that we can still offer assistance even if we did not prepare/register the Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney.
For more information on Powers of Attorney or any other aspect of Trusts and Probate Law please call Karon Walton at Hegarty Solicitors on 01733 295557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak to a colleague in our other offices please contact Andrea Beesley-Hewitt at our Stamford office on 01780 750952 or email email@example.com and Claire Clarke at our Oakham office on 01572 725774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org