Fee to Register LPA / EPA from Oct 2011

Fee to Register LPA

Fee to register LPA / EPA: the Office of the Pubic Guardian introduced tiny increases for the well off and massive increases for those on well under national average earnings.

There are discounts on the  fee to register LPA and EPA for folk with a personal income of less than £12,000 and a theoretical discount which will (ha ha!) apply to millions – that your net income is insufficient to allow you to pay the fees, which you have to prove.

Fee to Register LPA / EPA

with effect from 1 October 2011

Lasting Power of Attorney Fee to Register LPA application                             £130
Enduring Power of Attorney Fee to Register EPA application                         £130
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) Repeat Application to Register

£65

Office copy of a Lasting Power of Attorney

£35

Office copy of an Enduring Power of Attorney

£25

  • All fees are payable upon application, and are not refundable (even if the power of attorney is not subsequently registered).
  • A separate fee is payable for applications to register Property and Financial Affairs, and Health and Wellare LPAs.
  • Application to register fees arc payable from the Donor’s (the person making the power of attorney) estate/funds.
  • Office copy fees are payable by the person requesting the document. There is no remission or exemption available on this fee.

Payment methods

The fee to register LPA or EPA can be paid either by credit or debit card, or by cheque;

•    If you wish to pay the fee to register LPA or EPA by debit or credit card, please indicate this clearly in your application form or covering letter and provide your telephone number.

•    Cheques should be made payable to ‘Office of the Public Guardian’ with the Donor’s name written on the back.

Remission and Exemption of application to Register LPA / EPA fee

The Donor can get a remission or an exemption of application to register and repeat application to register LPA or EPA fees based on their financial circumstances. Any application for remission or exemption should be made on the form overleaf at the same time you apply to register an EPA or an LPA, and must be supported by relevant documentary evidence.

Exemption

If the Donor is in receipt of any of the following means-tested benefits and has not been awarded damages of more than £ 16.000, which were disregarded when determining eligibility for the benefit they are eligible for a full exemption:

  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Income-based Job-Seeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Guarantee Credit element of State Pension Credit
  • A combination of Working Tax Credit and either Child Tax Credit, Disability Element Working Tax Credit or Severe Disability Element (within tho Working Tax Credit), This does not include Disability Living Allowance or Invalidity Benefit;
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit (not the 25% single person reduction or exemption);
  • Local Housing Allowance.

In order to apply for an exemption of fees, you must enclose copies of recent letters (dated within the last three months) confirming receipt of the benefits above, such as letters from the DWP or benefit provider.

Remission

If the Donor’s gross annual income is less than £12,000, they will be eligible for a 50% reduction of the fee. Gross annual income may come from employment, non-means-tested benefits (such as Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance), pensions and interest from capital investments.

In order to apply for a remission, you should send us proof of the Donor’s gross annual income, such as wage slips, bank statements, statements from a pension provider or any other statements that are available. The evidence provided should cover a period of at least three months.

Hardship

If the Donor does not qualify for remission or exemption but the payment of fees would cause undue hardship, for example make it difficult to meet normal living expenses, you can still apply to have fees waived by writing to the OPG with supporting statements and documents.

Review

If the application for fee exemption or remission is unsuccessful, you can request a review of the decision within four weeks by writing to the Head of Corporate Services at our address. If the original decision to refuse the remission or exemption is upheld, it will be referred to the Public Guardian and Chief Executive for confirmation.

Fee to Register LPA