2nd Feb 2018
The Government has launched a scheme that enables people in England and Wales to claim back any excessive fees they paid to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for lasting power of attorney (LPA) and enduring power of attorney (EPA) applications.
The OPG refund scheme is for fee payments between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, and includes repeat applications and remissions, whether the power of attorney was registered or not.
During this period, the Office of the Public Guardian’s (OPG) operating costs reduced as more people applied to register a power of attorney and the process became more efficient, but the application fee charged was not reduced in line with this.
The fee charged for an LPA was reduced from £110.00 to £82.00 on the 1st April 2017, as it was felt that the work that needed to be carried out did not justify the price being paid.
Making a claim is quick and simple using the online serviceand should only take about 10 minutes. Only one form needs to be completed for each donor and OPG will find all power of attorney application fees paid by the donor during the qualifying period. Claims can be submitted by the person who made the power of attorney or an appointed attorney.
The news that the volume of LPA’s being issued in the last few years certainly reflects what we are experiencing here at Rogers & Norton. As life expectancy continues to increase, this brings a greater incidence of people living with dementia and other age related complications, which in turn highlights the need for their families and carers to apply for an LPA.
If you wish to discuss this issue further or want to discuss the need for an LPA then you can contact the department at email@example.com or 01603 675616