You can get part of your application fee back if you applied to register a Power of Attorney between the 1st April 2013 and the 31st March 2017 This applies to both a Lasting Power of Attorney and an Enduring Power of Attorney.
You can make a claim for a refund if you are either the Donor (the person who made the Power of Attorney) or an Attorney appointed by the Donor in the Power of Attorney. The refund will be paid direct to the Donor.
How much refund you will get depends on when you paid the fees as follows:
April 2013 – September 2013 £54
October 2013 – March 2014 £34
April 2014 – March 2015 £37
April 2015 – March 2016 £38
April 2016 – March 2017 £45
You will get half of the refund if you paid a reduced fee.
You will also get 0.5% interest.
It takes about 10 minutes to claim for a Power of Attorney application fee refund online at https://claim-power-of-attorney-refund.service.gov.uk/when-were-fees-paid. You will need the Donor’s UK bank account number and sort code.
You can also claim for a Power of Attorney application fee refund by phone if you do not have access to the internet. The contact number is 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6).
If the donor has died since you registered the Power of Attorney then you will need to send the following documents to the Office of the Public Guardian before you can make a claim:
- Death certificate of the deceased donor
- Grant of Representation (for example, Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration)
- Copy Will confirming your are the Executor if no Grant of Representation is being obtained
You can email the documents to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send them by post:
Power of Attorney Refunds Team, 7th Floor, Office of the Public Guardian, PO BOX 16185, Birmingham, B2 2WH
When the Power of Attorney Refunds Team have received your documents, they will phone you to complete your refund.
It takes up to 12 weeks for your claim to be processed. If your claim is approved, the refund will be paid to the donor’s bank account.