Lasting Powers of Attorney

Lasting Power Of Attorney In Canterbury

A Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) is a document that gives power to another person (called “the Attorney”) to make decisions on behalf of the Donor. Under a Property and Financial Affairs LPA you can give your Attorney power to manage your financial affairs. Under a Health and Welfare LPA you can give your Attorney power to make health and welfare decisions on your behalf. Having an LPA in place means that if the Donor becomes mentally incapable then the Donor’s affairs are in the hands of a trusted person whom the Donor has appointed.

Who Should Have An LPA?
It is particularly relevant for elderly people and anyone suffering from an advancing illness. However, anyone who wants to put their affairs in order should consider having one. It will give you peace of mind that someone is able to look after your financial affairs or make health and welfare decisions should the need arise.

Power of Attorney Refund Scheme

Did you register a Power of Attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31st March 2017?

  • The Ministry of Justice has announced a refund scheme for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) and Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) for application fees paid between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. Fees in the past have been over £100 but as processing costs have become cheaper fees have been reduced.
  • If you registered an LPA or EPA  in England and Wales prior to March 2017 you are probably entitled to between £45 and £54 per power plus interest.
  • It could not be easier to claim your refund, please visit: uk/ power of attorney refund. 

Either donor or attorney can claim but the refund must be paid to the donor’s bank account. If the donor doesn’t have a UK bank account, the donor has died or you are a court-appointed deputy then details of the refunds helpline are as follows:

Email: poarefunds@justice.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6)
Textphone: 0115 934 2778
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm

 

If you need further guidance on claiming the court fee back then call Emma Baker or Polly Clark on 01227 813400

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