Important Notice: Office of the Public Guardian Fee Refund Scheme
If you have had Lasting Powers of Attorney registered between 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017, this may be of interest to you. The Ministry of Justice has launched an Office of the Public Guardian Fee Refund Scheme for fee payments made between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 because the Office of the Public Guardian for England and Wales have admitted to charging excessive fees for issuing Powers of Attorney over the last four years. The application fee was £110 up until April 2017 which, according to the Ministry of Justice, was well above the cost incurred in actually processing the application. As a result, there is now a refund available from £34 to £54 with an additional 0.5% interest on top and therefore certainly worth claiming.
In order to obtain a refund, you will need access to the website www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund and, according to the website, it will take about 10 minutes to claim online and you will need to enter the following information:-
- Your full name
- Your date of birth
- Your address
- Details of your Attorneys
- Reference number (if you have this to hand, otherwise you can select “No, I cannot give a reference number”)
- Your email address or mobile/telephone number
- Your bank account name, account number & sort code
You can also claim via telephone by phoning the refund helpline on 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6).
According to the website, it will take up to 12 weeks for your claim to be processed and, if the claim is approved, the refund will be paid into the nominated bank account.