A Lasting Power of Attorney (‘LPA’) enables you to appoint one or more trusted individuals (‘your Attorney’s) to make decisions on your behalf should you lose the ability to be able to make those important decisions for yourself. An LPA covering property and financial affairs which replaced the old Enduring Power of Attorney (‘EPA’) as of October 2007 enables your Attorneys to make decisions relating to your property and finances, including paying bills and managing your bank accounts on your behalf. An LPA for health and welfare allows your Attorneys to be involved in the decision-making process concerning your health and care, including the ability to give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment.
A refund scheme has been launched by the Government from 1st February 2018. In short, if you applied to register an LPA or EPA with the Office of The Public Guardian between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 and subsequently paid a fee, you could be due a partial refund (see Government table below). This scheme to reclaim the application fee is open for three years, until 31 January 2021.
How much money can I get back?
The refund will depend on the date that you applied for your power of attorney and whether you paid a reduced fee or repeat fee. The Office of The Public Guardian will confirm the specific amount once you’ve claimed. You can also claim for both types of LPA, meaning a refund of up to £108 may be due.
How do I apply?
To claim visit https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund or call 0300 456 0300
Making a claim is very easy using the online service and will take around 10 minutes. Claims will take up to 12 weeks to be paid.
|When you paid the fee||Refund for each power of attorney|
|April to September 2013||£54|
|October 2013 to March 2014||£34|
|April 2014 to March 2015||£37|
|April 2015 to March 2016||£38|
|April 2016 to March 2017||£45|
If you do not have LPA’s in place, it is advisable that you seek professional advice on their benefits and our private client team are readily available to advise you and to assist in putting them into place. Please contact us on 01948 241 288 to discuss your options and help give yourself comfort knowing that your wishes will still be followed, even if the time comes when you can no longer make those decisions for yourself.
Houghton Pigot & Co Solicitors
01942 241 288