Have you registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney in the last four years? You could be due a refund of the Registration fee…
The Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) annual report for 2016/2017 has been prepared and the House of Commons ordered for this to be printed on 19 July 2017.
Amongst other matters, the report highlights that the fees being charged by the OPG to register Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney, prior to the fee reduction in April this year, were above the operational cost of delivering the service to register Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney. The OPG have said that this was due to increased volumes of applications together with increasing efficiencies in the way they operate.
The registration fee in relation to Lasting Power of Attorney fees and Enduring Power of Attorney fees has since been reduced from £110.00 to £82.00. Alongside the reduction in fees, the Ministry of Justice will be introducing a scheme to refund a portion of the registration fee to customers who have paid more than they should have in the last four years. Further details will be published in due course.
We will be keeping a close eye on the development and introduction of this scheme by the Ministry of Justice. If you have made or registered a Lasting Power of Attorney, or registered an Enduring Power of Attorney, in the last four years, do keep your eye on the developments as you could be due a refund.
Full details of the OPG Annual Report can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630468/OPG-Annual-Report-2016-17-web-version.pdf
If you have any questions, or want to discuss your Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney, we have an experienced team of lawyers who advise on, prepare and register these documents on a regular basis who would be happy to help. Please contact us on 0113 336 3427 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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