OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC GUARDIAN (OPG)
If you applied to register a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017, you may be entitled to a refund.
During this period, the operating costs of the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) came down as more applications were made and efficiency increased, but the Application Fee charged was not reduced in line with this.
The fees of the OPG were reduced with effect from the 1st April 2017 and the OPG will run a Refund Scheme for those who paid the higher fee in the qualifying period.
The OPG have asked for claims for a refund to be made online at www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund (only one form needs to be completed for each Donor). If you have any questions, the dedicated Refund Service at the OPG can be contacted on 0300 456 0300.
We have a wealth of experience in dealing with elderly clients and the issues that are specific to them. A number of our solicitors are specialists in this field and are members of Solicitors for the Elderly, a national organisation of lawyers committed to providing the highest quality service for older people, their families and their carers.
Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection
We advise and act on the setting up of powers of attorney and assist both donors and attorneys in the use, operation and registration of enduring, general and lasting powers of attorney, as appropriate.
We also advise Deputies and Receivers on their roles and responsibilities and assist with applications to the Court of Protection.
Example of our experience: Deputyship
We acted for the adult children of an elderly lady to advise on issues arising concerning the loss of their mother’s mental capacity and arrangements for the ongoing administration of her financial affairs. The mother had not drawn up a lasting power of attorney document and, with no one legally appointed to act on her behalf, it was necessary to apply for her children to be appointed as her deputies. We duly made the appropriate application to secure this appointment and subsequently liaised with relevant financial organisations to enable them to take over the running of their mother’s finances.