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Choice not Chance

Solicitors for the Elderly recently launched their campaign Choice Not Chance, raising awareness of the important, but little used, health and welfare lasting power of attorney (LPAs) document. LPAs are important legal documents where you write down your wishes for your end of life medical and care treatment. Don’t leave life-changing, highly personal end of life care decisions in the hands of strangers.

Do your loved ones know how you would like to be cared for in later life? SFE’s latest campaign has revealed that 8 in 10 of us have not discussed our medical or care wishes for later life. Don’t leave them in the dark, start the conversation now. Every three minutes someone in the UK develops dementia, yet only 3% of people have a health and welfare lasting power of attorney (LPA) in place. LPAs ensure your later life medical and care decisions are put in place should you become incapacitated.

Please see the above video issued by SFE. If you would like any further advice with regard to Lasting Powers of Attorney, please do not hesitate to contact a Director of this Firm in our Keswick office on: 017687 74321; Associate Claire Maxwell in our Penrith office on: 01768 865551; or Solicitor Susan Wilkinson in our Carlisle office on:01228 531054

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You May Be Entitled to a Refund – Enduring Powers of Attorney and Lasting Powers of Attorney

You may be entitled to a refund if you applied to register either an Enduring Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017.

Donors and attorneys can make the application through the online process and court appointed deputies or executors need to contact the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) helpline. You can make the claim either by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund .

Full guidance for those applying is available online, and there is a dedicated refunds service helpline for those who need it. Call OPG’s contact centre on 0300 456 0300 and select option 6 to be put through to the refunds team.

How much you’ll get

How much you get depends on when you paid the fees. You’ll also get 0.5% interest.

You can still claim a refund even if you don’t know when you paid the fees.

When you paid the feeRefund for each power of attorney
April to September 2013 £54
October 2013 to March 2014 £34
April 2014 to March 2015 £37
April 2015 to March 2016 £38
April 2016 to March 2017 £45

You’ll get half the refund if you paid a reduced fee (‘remission’).

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