Millions owed refunds after Power of Attorney registration fees incorrectly charged

Wills, trust & probate - KBL Solicitors

Almost 2 million individuals who registered Lasting Powers of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 are eligible for a refund from the government for over-payment.

The cost to register an LPA is set by the Ministry of Justice and paid to the Office of the Public Guardian to merely cover operational costs. Between 2013 and 2017, operating costs decreased yet the registration fee remained the same. The government have now released details of a refund scheme to repay the difference between what should have been paid and what was actually paid. A couple registering LPA’s for both health & welfare and finance & property could claim up to £216.

The Office of the Public Guardian charged £110 to register each LPA until the fee was reduced on 1st April 2017 to £82 after building up an estimated £82 million excess.

Refunds can be claimed by contacting the Office of the Public Guardian on 0300 456 0300 or by completing the online form.