Refunds Available for LPA & EPA Registration

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From 1st February 2018, the Ministry of Justice has launched a refund scheme for certain Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney applications.

The establishment is aiming to reimburse individuals charged more than necessary for applications to register Lasting Power of Attorney (LPAs) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPAs) between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. 

Applicants during this qualifying period are entitled to apply for a refund through the scheme; they can claim through the OPG online by completing a quick and simple form.  Applicants without access to a computer, where the donor does not have a UK bank account or indeed where the donor has died, or where you are a Court-appointed deputy, the claim can be made via telephone on 0300 456 0300.

One form needs to be completed for each donor and the OPG will identify all higher fees charged during the qualifying period, and refunds will be made accordingly. Depending upon the fees paid, applicants may also receive 0.5% interest. The refund must be paid to the donor and will go directly to the donor’s bank account. 

It may take up to 12 weeks for the claim to be processed. If an applicant is unsure as to when the fee was paid, a claim may still be pursued; the OPG will identify if the payment was made during the qualifying period.

If a payment was made as a reduced fee (‘remission’), reimbursement is limited to half the refund which will be returned to the donor’s bank account.

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Free Wills and LPA Advice Seminar in January

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Join us for one of our ever-popular free Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney talks on 26th and 27th January to ensure that you're set for the future.
Over half of people in the UK currently do not have a Will and this can lead to unfortunate difficulties upon death. Your assets may not pass to whom you want to inherit, leaving your loved ones in financial stress and hardship. It also can be time-consuming and expensive to resolve. In order to ensure your affairs are in order, we recommend that you prepare a Will.

 
In addition to this, over 850,000 people in the UK have Dementia; this figure has been estimated to rise to 1 million in 2025. Dementia can lead to your loved one being unable to make their own decisions regarding their financial affairs. By setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney now, you are able to nominate a person (your Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf in the future if you become unable to.

Ensure that your affairs are in order to minimise stress for your family before and after your death. Join one of our free events to hear a short presentation about the different types of Will and LPA, and get some free tailored advice from one of our solicitors over a tea or coffee afterwards.

Due to popular demand, we have added a further date in February. 

 

dates: Friday 26th January (NOW FULLY BOOKED)

SATURDAY 27TH JANUARY (NOW FULLY BOOKED)

Friday 2nd February (NOW FULLY BOOKED)

 

Time: 11am – 12.30pm

Venue: Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors, 54 Station Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TU

For more information and to book your free place please contact Kayleigh O'Donnell on 01708 229444 or complete the form to the right.

(Please note - the seminars will be taking place in our boardroom, located up one flight of stairs.)

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A Landmark Judgement for Right to Die Cases?

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A recent judgement questions if legal permission is still required by a court before life-supporting treatment is withdrawn from patients in certain circumstances.

Cases involving applications to the Court by family members or doctors for an order to lead the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment have become increasingly common in recent times. However, a recent judgment means that the number of such cases may decline.

The judgement was made by Mr Justice Peter Jackson in the Court of Protection and is likely to have a bearing on how future ‘right-to-die’ cases are approached in the future. The ruling stated that providing strict medical guidelines have been observed and the family and medical staff are in agreement with the decision to withdraw treatment, there will be no requirement to obtain the consent of the Court.

This particular case involved a lady suffering with Huntingdon’s disease for which there is no cure. Permission was sought to end her treatment in June and was eventually granted by the Court in July - she died shortly afterwards having been in a persistent minimally conscious state for over a year and receiving treatment that both her medical staff and family felt were not in her best interests. The Official Solicitor acts for patients in these circumstances and has argued that all cases of this nature should be referred to the courts and so it is highly likely the decision will be appealed.

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A Lasting Power of Attorney relating to your Health and Welfare can save this distressing situation for you.

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Free Wills and LPA Advice Seminar in September

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Join us on one of our popular free Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney talks on 15th and 16th September to ensure that your affairs are in order. 
Over half of people in the UK currently do not have a Will and this can lead to unfortunate difficulties upon death. Your assets may not pass to whom you want to inherit, leaving your loved ones in financial stress and hardship. It also can be time-consuming and expensive to resolve. In order to ensure your affairs are in order, we recommend that you prepare a Will.

 
In addition to this, over 850,000 people in the UK have Dementia; this figure has been estimated to rise to 1 million in 2025. Dementia can lead to your loved one being unable to make their own decisions regarding their financial affairs. By setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney now, you are able to nominate a person (your Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf in the future if you become unable to.

Ensure that your affairs are in order to minimise stress for your family before and after your death. Join one of our free events to hear a short presentation about the different types of Will and LPA, and get some free tailored advice from one of our solicitors over a tea or coffee afterwards.

date: Friday 15th September

(Please note that Saturday's session is now fully booked)

Time: 11am – 12.30pm

Venue: Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors, 54 Station Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TU

For more information and to book your free place please contact Kayleigh O'Donnell on 01708 229444 or complete the form to the right.

(Please note - the seminars will be taking place in our boardroom, located up one flight of stairs.)

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