The Government recently announced that if you paid to register a Power of Attorney document in England or Wales between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017, you may be eligible for a partial refund of the registration fees.
The amount that you can reclaim depends on when you paid for the Power of Attorney document to be registered and claims can be up to £108 if you paid to register both types of Power of Attorney document.
It is estimated that up to 1.7 million applications could be affected by this announcement.
Application fees are being refunded as the operating costs of the Office of the Public Guardian decreased between 2013 and 2017 but the application fee stayed the same at £110 per application. The purpose of the fee is to cover operating costs and that is why the Government is now partially refunding fees paid.
On 1st April 2017 the application fee for registering a Power of Attorney document was reduced from £110 to £82. Therefore, if you applied to register a document after that date then you are not eligible for a partial refund.
A claim for a refund can be made by either the Donor or the Attorney but the refund due must be paid to the Donor.
You can apply online or by telephoning the Office of the Public Guardian's designated helpline on 0300 456 0300.
If you have a query regarding a Power of Attorney document that this firm prepared for you then you are most welcome to contact one of our Solicitors in the Private Client department who will be happy to answer your queries.