Did you apply to register a Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017?
If so, you could be one of almost two million people in England and Wales who are entitled to claim part of your application fee back. The scheme is being administered by the Office of the Public Guardian and will run for three years.
You can make a claim if you are the person who made the power of attorney or are appointed by the donor as attorney in the power of attorney. The refund must be paid to the person who made the power of attorney. If the person who made the power of attorney has died, their personal representative can apply for the refund and receive this.
You can claim online or my phone – it can take up to 12 weeks for a claim to be processed. How much you will get will depend on when you paid the fees. You will also get 0.5% interest.
Refunds are being offered as during the period 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 more people were applying to register powers of attorney which meant the registration process became more efficient and cost effective but the application fee did not change to reflect this.
Since 1 April 2017, the application fee has been reduced from £110 to £82.