You’ve got the power: HM Courts and Tribunals Service offering refunds for overcharging powers of attorney

28 February 2018

Snap – January and February are already over… and so too are overcharges for lasting and enduring powers of attorney from Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).

Due to a profit of around the £8 million mark, HMCTS are now providing customers with a refund if they made an application for either an LPA or EPA during the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017.

The refund amounts are relatively small – approximately £35 – £50. However, the claims are simple to make and need no professional input; they can be filed online and ‘take about ten minutes’. Once the claim has gone through you can expect the refund within 12 weeks.

Claims can be made even if the donor has since passed away. If this is the case then you may need to obtain a grant of probate.

Accountants can (since 2014) be regulated by ICAEW to carry out probate work, and this is a service which we offer from our Letchworth, London, York, and Sittingbourne offices.

As a service line our probate offering covers both estate administration and related tax work such as;

  • acting as executor, or assisting a family member executor;
  • estate accounts;
  • all tax reporting and compliance involved in the process;
  • advice and support;
  • asset collection and protection; and
  • advising on the availability of exemptions and reliefs.

If you would like to discuss our probate offering on a free of charge and no obligation basis, please contact your nearest licensed specialist. Learn more about our probate services here.

Alternatively, please fill in our contact form here.