Are You Due A Refund From The Office Of The Public Guardian?

Date Added 07.03.19

Are You Due A Refund From The Office Of The Public Guardian?

If you registered a Lasting Power of Attorney between 2013 and 2017 then the answer may well be yes.

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) announced some time ago that it had calculated that those who had registered a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) between 2013 and 2017 and paid registration fee had been overcharges. This was on the basis that the fees charged at that time were not reflective of the cost of registering the documents. Refunds of up to £54 (plus any accrued interest) are now being issued.

Deadline Date

So far, of the 1.8 million people eligible for the refund, only 200,000 have actually claimed it. The remaining 1.6 million people will need to apply for their refund by 1st February 2021. To apply for a refund visit http://gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund or call the OPG’s contact centre on 0300 456 0300 and select option 6 to be put through to the refunds team. The process is very simple and is designed for people to be able to do to make the application themselves.

Lasting Power Of Attorney

An LPA is a document that sets out who you wish to make decisions on your behalf should you become unable to make them, this could be through illness, and equally through injury. Where no LPA is in place and someone becomes unable to make decisions on their own behalf, their family will likely need to apply for a Deputyship Order, a lengthy and expensive process. Even once the Deputyship Order is in place there are ongoing costs and supervision which do not apply in situations where an LPA is in place.

Even with the numbers mentioned above Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) estimate that only 7% of the UK population have an LPA. Given the fact that most people are now living longer and illnesses such as dementia are becoming more prevalent many people are setting their families up for a very stressful and complicated future.

Solicitors For The Elderly

SFE is and independent, national organisation of over 1,600 lawyers, who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. All members must have at least 3 years’ experience in this area of the law and have completed the Older Client Care in Practice Award. At Tollers, a number of our staff are members of SFE.

If you would like to further information regarding LPAs please contact one of our offices.

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