Are you entitled to a refund of Power of Attorney fees?


On 1 February 2018, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) launched their Fee Refund Scheme.

Who is entitled to a refund?

Those who registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney (LPA or EPA)  in England and Wales between 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2017 are now entitled to a partial refund of the registration fee paid and interest on this.

How much will I get?

The refund could be anything between £34-54 per document, but this depends on the date of application. There are two types of LPA; one for Property and Finance and one for Health and Welfare. If a person made both types, they could get a refund of up to £108 or £216 per couple. To see how much you could claim, click here.

Why am I entitled?

Between 2013-2017 the OPG’s operating costs decreased, but the fee did not. The fee is only supposed to cover costs and so the government now needs to repay the “profit” made.

How do I claim?

You or your attorney can claim a refund online at www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund. The refund can only be paid to the bank account of the person who made the LPA.

If you would like assistance in making your claim online, we can help free of charge. Please contact Rebecca McCarthy on 01473 611211.

Rebecca McCarthy is a solicitor at Barker Gotelee Solicitors.

Personal Solicitors Ipswich – for more information on our range of legal services, please call the team on 01473 611211 or email bg@barkergotelee.co.uk