Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) member urges Peterborough residents to check eligibility for LPA refund


Thursday 7 March 2019



Karon Walton of Hegarty LLP Solicitors in Peterborough is urging people to check their eligibility for a lasting power of attorney (LPA) fee refund, after almost two million people were overcharged by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) between 2013 and 2017.

Claimants can expect to receive a refund of up to £54, with any accrued interested since the registration was made.

So far, only 200,000 of the 1.8million people owed have claimed their refund, meaning that there’s £77million still owed to customers.

To apply for a refund visit: gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund. The exact amount will depend on when the registration was made, and claims must be made by 1 February 2021.

An LPA is an important document that gives a loved one the power to make decisions on your behalf when you can no longer do so. There are two types of LPA: a health and welfare LPA, and a property and financial affairs LPA.

Recent research from SFE found that there are only seven per cent of LPAs in place across the UK, meaning that millions of people are currently unprepared for later life. SFE urges anyone planning for their future to consider setting up an LPA and seek advice from a specialist lawyer.

Karon Walton, Head of Court of Protection, said: It is so important that money is paid back to people who registered their documents between 20013 and 2017.

“It takes about 10 minutes to claim online. You’ll need the donor’s bank details and a copy of the LPA, if you have it. If you need help or more information about making a claim, there’s a Refunds Helpline you can contact, either via telephone on 0300 456 0300 or email poarefunds@justice.gsi.gov.uk.”

If you need assistance, speak to your local SFE lawyer. To find an SFE accredited lawyer near you go to: www.sfe.legal.




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