Refund of OPG fees – LPAs and EPAs
Did you apply to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017? If the answer is yes, then there is some good news – you may be due a refund! You may entitled to a refund of the OPG fees.
Refund of OPG fees
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) are issuing partial refunds to the donors of LPAs and EPAs who paid fees during this period. The reason for this is because the OPG’s operating costs came down as more people applied to register their LPAs. As a result, the process became more efficient but this was not reflected in the fee.
The Ministry of Justice subsequently reduced the registration fee to £82 per LPA in April 2017. And now, the Ministry of Justice are offering refunds to those that paid the higher fee. However, the refund is not automatic, you will need to claim it.
Who can claim?
Only the donor or an attorney appointed in the LPA can make a claim. The refund will only be paid to the donor.
You only need to make one claim, even if you have more than one LPA. The OPG will check their records and process refunds for eligible registrations.
If the donor has died, then only the executor or administrator can make a claim. The OPG will need sight of the death certificate, Will or Grant of Probate.
How much will you get?
This very much depends on when you paid the registration fee. The refund ranges from £37 to £54 per LPA, plus interest at 0.5%.
Can’t remember when you paid the registration? Not a problem! You can still apply for the refund.
How you can make a claim
You can make a claim online or by phone.
It can take up to 12 weeks to process your claim.
Please note – you must claim by the 31st January 2021!
For more details and to access the online claim form click here.
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