In February 2018, the Ministry of Justice launched a scheme to refund part of the application fee for people who applied to register a power of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. This refund applies to both lasting powers or attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA) that were made in England or Wales and registered during this period.
Either the ‘donor’ (person who made the power of attorney) or the ‘attorney’ (the person or people appointed by the donor in an LPA or EPA) is able to make a claim. How much you receive in your refund will depend on when the fees were paid and whether you paid a reduced fee.
Claims can be made online in a process that takes approximately 10 minutes. For individuals who do not have access to the internet, it is also possible to claim by telephone. Where the donor does not have a UK bank account; the donor has passed away; or for claims made by a court-appointed deputy, these must be made by telephone.
Kathryn Layzell, Senior Associate at Stone King and a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, says: “We encourage anyone to whom this refund applies to make your claim. The Ministry of Justice state that once a claim has been made, it will take up to 12 weeks to be processed.”
More details about how to claim, how much you are likely to receive and contact details are available at: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund
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