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Ministry of Justice launches power of attorney fee refund scheme

A scheme has been launched by the Government to refund anyone who may have paid more than they should for applying to register a power of attorney.

If you applied to register a lasting or enduring power of attorney 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.

Why is the Ministry of Justice offering refunds?

Essentially, it’s because it’s now much cheaper to process a power of attorney than it used to be.

In April 2017, the Ministry of Justice lowered the application fee, which is why they’ve now decided to offer this refund.

This means if you applied for a power of attorney and paid between April 2013 and March 2017, you’re due some money back.

How much money can I get back?

It all depends on the date 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.

How do I apply?

You need to contact the team at the Office of the Public Guardian

Find out more about power of attorney fee refunds

Visit the Office of the Public Guardian’s dedicated site for more information.

If the person applying for a refund doesn’t have internet access, they can call the refund helpline, selecting option 6
Tel: 0300 456 0300
Lines open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 10am to 5pm

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