Did you create an LPA between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017

…if yes you can apply for a rebate of upto £108

lpa fee refund

When you create a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in England you pay a fee to The Office of the Public Guardian for England and Wales (OPG) to register the document (LPA cannot be used until registered by the OPG).

The OPG, a non-profit making body, has found that it overcharged for LPAs created between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 so has created a process whereby you can apply for a refund of part of your fee.

The amount you might receive depends on when you paid the fee. The following are the possible refunds for each power of attorney:

  • April to September 2013 – £54
  • Oct 2013 to March 2014 – £34
  • April 2014 to March 2015 – £37
  • April 2015 to March 2016 – £38
  • April 2016 to March 2017 – £45

Source: Gov.uk, February  2018.

So, if you paid a Fee to the OPG for an LPA, or two if you created one for Health and Welfare and one for Financial matters, between these dates then it is worth applying for the refund at the gov.uk website. The full address is https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund.

The process is simple and you only need to do it once even if you created 2 LPAs. Even better, one of your Attornies can claim it on your behalf – the money must go into your bank account, not theirs.