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Do you manage a person’s affairs under a Deputyship Order?

A scheme has launched today by The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to refund an element of management deputy fees paid between 1 April 2008 and March 2015, following a review into administration of fees.

If you, or someone you are acting for, was a supervised by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and paid fees relating to a deputyship between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015, then you could be due a refund.

(MOJ) sets OPG’s deputyship fees. An MOJ review found that fees did not always match how much it cost for OPG to supervise deputyships between this time.

Since 1 April 2015, clients have not been overcharged.

The scheme will be run by the OPG and does not apply to any fees paid to OPG Scotland, the Office of Care and Protection in Northern Ireland or the Court of Protection.

Existing Deputyships

Current deputies with existing eligible clients will be contacted by the OPG and they will be automatically refunded.  No further action is required at this stage.

Former clients

If the deputy case has now closed and the deputyship ended, then an application will need to be made.

Karon Walton, Head of Court of Protection at Hegarty LLP said “The scheme is open for three years so there’s plenty of time to apply.  If you feel, you or someone you know, are eligible, please ring our team for advice or alternatively go to GOV.UK and search deputyship fee refund. You can also contact the OPG on 0300 456 0300 and selecting option 6 directly.

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