Refunds on Power of Attorney registration fees
With effect from 1 February 2018, the Ministry of Justice have announced that it is possible to claim a refund for the Lasting Power of Attorney registration fee if you registered a Lasting Power of Attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. Interest may also be paid on the amount owed to you and this applies to both Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney applications made during the relevant timeframe.
The reason for this refund is because the operating costs of the Office of the Public Guardian reduced 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 until 1 April 2017.
The amount you can claim back will depend on the date of the application but is typically between £45 and £54.
In order to make a claim, you must either be the person who made the Power of Attorney (the donor) or an attorney appointed in the Power of Attorney.
There are two ways to make a claim:
- You can claim online in a very quick and simple process. To do this, you will need to visit https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund and click “claim a refund online”.
- Call the refunds helpline on 0300 456 0300 and choose option 6. If the donor has already died, the claim has to be made by phone.
Once a claim has been made, it can take up to 12 weeks to be processed but once approved, the refund will be made direct to the donor’s bank account