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Overcharged Power of Attorney Registration Fees To Be Refunded by Office of Public Guardian

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It has come to our attention today that The Office of the Public Guardian for England and Wales (OPG) has admitted to charging excessive fees for issuing powers of attorney for the past four years and full details of a refund scheme will be announced 'in due course'.

Lasting Power of Attorney OPG Registration Fee Reduced 1/4/2017

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Lasting Powers of Attorney fees Reduced

From 1st April 2017, the fees for applying to register Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) have been reduced from £110 for each Lasting Power of Attorney to £82, with the fee for resubmitting an Lasting Power of Attorney for registration reducing from £55 to £41.

Court of Protection Deputyship Explained

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There are many reasons why a person in your life may no longer be able to manage their own financial affairs or make informed decisions about their personal welfare.

When this happens it is called "loss of mental capacity". Illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's and other forms of Dementia can often be the cause of someone loosing the ability to make their own decisions.

General Power of Attorney Explained

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A General Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows an individual known as the ‘Donor’ to authorise someone else known as the ‘Attorney’ to act on the Donors behalf with regard to their property and affairs.

A General Power of Attorney automatically ends if the Donor dies or loses the mental capacity to make decision for themselves.

Making A Lasting Power of Attorney

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A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you the 'Donor' to nominate someone you trust as an 'Attorney' who will have the power to make decisions on your behalf if you lose the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself in the future.

Types of Lasting Power of Attorney

There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

Types of Power of Attorney

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A Power of Attorney is a legal document created by an individual (Donor) which grants authority to another person (An Attorney) to take care of some or all aspects of their financial affairs and other matters.

There are various types of Powers of Attorney, the purpose of this article is to explain the different types of Power of Attorney in more detail.

What is a General Power of Attorney

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A General Power of Attorney is not the same as a Lasting Power of Attorney.

A lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is required if a donor loses mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. There are two different types of LPA, one to manage a persons Property & Financial Affairs and another to manage their Health & Welfare.

Simplified Lasting Powers of Attorney Forms to be Introduced

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The number of Lasting Powers of Attorney applications submitted to the Office of the Public Guardian has increased significantly in recent years, with 200,000 applications made in 2011 to 2012, 242,000 in 2012 to 2013 increasing to 295,000 in 2013 to 2014.

Applying for Exemption or Remission of LPA Application Fees

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When a donor makes an application to register a Lasting Power of Attorney they may be entitled to an Exemption or Remission of the application fee based on their financial circumstances.

If eligible for Exemption the donor does not have to pay the OPG (Office of the Public Guardian) application fee.

If eligible for Remission the donor receives a 50% fee reduction of the OPG application fee.

Avoiding Invalid Powers of Attorney

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An recent paper entitled "Avoiding Invalid Provisions in your LPA‟ written by Jill Martin who is a Legal Adviser to the the Public Guardian, aims to explain how to avoid the need for severance, which delays registration and can cause annoyance and frustration to donors and attorneys.

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