How to claim your power of attorney refund now, at the click of a button
- Power of attorney lets someone make financial decisions on your behalf
- The fee to register a document setting this out was reduced to £82 last year
- About a million people who applied between 2013 and 2017 are owed money
Just one person in eight eligible for a power of attorney refund has claimed their money back.
Power of attorney lets someone make financial decisions on your behalf.
The fee to register a document setting this out was reduced to £82 in April last year.
Just one person in eight eligible for a power of attorney refund has claimed their money back
The Ministry of Justice is only supposed to charge enough to cover costs, but a rise in applications led to a surplus – so about a million people who applied between April 2013 and March 2017 are owed money. Yet only 133,058 have been refunded.
In total, just £8.4 million of the £69 million expected to repaid has been claimed as of June 28.
Most claims were made online, and experts say people may have been put off by long phone delays – but the average call waiting time is now just 4.5 seconds.
Families who were overcharged have until January 2020 to claim a refund.
Apply at gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund or call 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6).
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman says: ‘The refund scheme is open for three years to ensure everybody has time to apply.’
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