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Could you be due some cash back for Christmas?

| Published on December 11, 2020

Did you know that millions of pounds in refunds are due for overpayment of Power of Attorney registration fees?

It’s rare that the Government will hold up its hands and return money to us, but, for once, they have done so.

You will just need to show that you have paid a fee to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for registration of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) at any time between April 2013 and March 2017.

The fee charged by the OPG is intended to cover OPG operating costs only. For the four years from April 2013, the operating costs fell to a point that the registration fees could not in hindsight be justified. From April 2017 onwards, the fees were reduced to a level which matched the operating costs.

How much will I get?

The amount of the refund depends on when the fee was paid. You will also be due 0.5% interest on any refund.

When you paid the fee Refund for each power of attorney 
April to September 2013 £54.00
October 2013 to March 2014 £34.00
April 2014 to March 2015 £37.00
April 2015 to March 2016 £38.00
April 2016 to March 2017 £45.00

 

What does this mean?

We would advise those of you who have registered LPAs or EPAs during the four years from April 2013 to apply for a refund against the fee or fees that you have paid. The amount of the refund will be lower if you paid a concessionary fee.

You can apply for a refund either by going online at www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund or by phoning the OPG helpline on 0300 456 0300 option 6. Where the person who has made the power of attorney has died, you should email poarefunds@justice.gsi.gov.uk. Humphries Kirk LLP will not be able to carry out this work on your behalf. There would be no benefit to you in paying us to reclaim and we want all of the refund to go to you.

The Government has already paid out millions in refunds, but the majority of potential claimants have not yet made a claim. Most importantly, please bear in mind that there is a cut-off date of 31 January 2021 to claim.

Contact our experts for further advice

For further advice, please contact Merlin Lewis who isan Associate Solicitor at our Wareham office. Phone him on 01929558864, or email M.Lewis@hklaw.uk.

Humphries Kirk LLP has offices in Wareham, Dorchester, Parkstone, Bournemouth, Poole, Swanage Cranborne Chase and Crewkerne.

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