Power of attorney fee refund scheme launched

All those eligible for a partial refund on their power of attorney fees can apply from 1 February 2018.

The refunds are being offered to those who may have been charged more than was necessary to apply to register lasting or enduring powers of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017.  During this period, the Office of the Public Guardian’s  operating costs came down as more people applied to register a power of attorney and the process became more efficient, but the application fee charged was not reduced in line with this.

Making a claim is quick and simple using the online service.  It should only take 10 minutes to complete: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund

Only one form needs to be completed for each donor and the Office of the Public Guardian’s will find all power of attorney application fees paid by the donor during the qualifying period.

Full guidance for those applying is available online.  The dedicated refunds service helpline for those who need it is 0300 456 0300. Select option 6 to be put through to the refunds team.