Power of Attorney Application Fee Refund

Are you able to claim?

Power of Attorney Application Fee Refund

In recent news the Government have announced a scheme to refund individuals who have applied to register a Power of Attorney in England and Wales.

The cost of processing a Power of Attorney application has been reduced over the last few years and as result it has been announced that those who paid the higher fee during this period can claim back a partial refund. 

Does this apply to me?

If you paid an application fee to the Office of The Public Guardian to register an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney (between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017) you may be entitled to a partial refund.

Who can request this?

If you are the donor (the person who made the Power of Attorney) or an attorney (a person appointed by the donor in the Power of Attorney) you can apply to have the refund paid back into the donor’s account.

The table below is an example of the refund you may be entitled to. Interest of 0.5 % will be added to the amount due back to you. Please note, if you paid a reduced application fee the refund amount will be halved.

When the fee was paid

Refund for each Power of Attorney Registered

Reduced fee refund for each Power of Attorney Registered

April to September 2013

£54

£27

October 2013 to March 2014

£34

£17

April 2014 to March 2015

£37

£18.50

April 2015 to March 2016

£38

£19

What do I need to do?

You can claim back your partial refund by contacting the refund helpline on 0300 456 0300 and choosing option 6 or alternatively by clicking on the website link below. You will need to provide the donor’s bank details in order for the refund to be credited to their account and it is estimated that it could take up to 12 weeks for the refund to be processed.

https://claim-power-of-attorney-refund.service.gov.uk/when-were-fees-paid

What to do if the donor has died?

If the donor has died, their Personal Representatives will need to call the refund helpline for further assistance and will not be able to make a claim using the online form. You will also need to use the helpline option if the donor does not have a UK bank account or you are a court appointed deputy.

For more information on how to claim and the link to the online claim form please visit: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund.

For further information on Wills, Trusts & Probate please contact the Wills, Trusts & Probate team on 01733 882800 or email info@hcsolicitors.co.uk.

Authors

Rebecca Thomas, Trainee Solicitor

Fiona Prince, Associate

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