Refund On Fees For Powers Of Attorney
The Ministry of Justice has announced a refund scheme for donors or their attorneys who registered powers of attorney for England and Wales between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017.
The scheme offers a partial refund for each power of attorney registered and applies to both Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney. Even if you registered several powers of attorney you only need to make one claim.
The partial refunds are detailed in this chart from the Government website
|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|
The refund scheme has been set up so only the Donor, who is the person who granted the power of attorney, or Attorneys, the people appointed by the donor to act for them, can claim the refund unless the Donor has died or where the Court has appointed a Deputy. A Deputy can be appointed by the Court if the Attorneys have been removed or have died.
The refunds can be applied for online https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund or by telephone if the donor has passed away, the donor does not have a UK bank account or if the Court has appointed a Deputy to act for the Donor. The telephone service can also be used by people who would find using a computer difficult.
The Refunds helpline contact details are
Telephone: 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6)
Textphone: 0115 934 2778
The helpline is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 5pm and Wednesday 10am to 5pm.
The Ministry of Justice advised the process could take up to 12 weeks for a refund to be processed.