People who registered LPAs and EPAs between 2013 and 2017 could be due fee refunds

People who registered LPAs and EPAs between 2013 and 2017 could be due fee refunds

Anyone who registered a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 may have overpaid – and could now be due a partial refund, it has emerged in recent weeks.

Last month, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) announced that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) was prepared to refund the excess paid by people who registered LPAs and EPAs during this time.

The announcement came after it emerged that the OPG’s operating costs had decreased – but that it failed to pass these cost savings on to consumers.

From 1 April 2017, application fees on both LPAs and EPAs were reduced from £110 to £82, but the OPG realistically should have reduced its fees much sooner – immediately after its own operating costs had fallen.

Following news of the MoJ’s refund scheme, individuals who believe they might have overpaid LPA or EPA fees are being urged to make a claim.

However, it is worth noting that only the donor – i.e. the client who made the Power of Attorney – and not the appointed attorney, can apply for a refund.

Furthermore, only one claim is necessary per donor – a rule which applies regardless of how many LPAs or EPAs have been registered.

Those who wish to make a claim can do so by visiting the GOV.UK website here.