Some good news this afternoon from the Office of the Public Guardian.

The fees they charge to register an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) or Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) are being reduced from 1st April 2017.

The change is cited as The Public Guardian (Fees, etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

These Regulations amend the Public Guardian (Fees, etc.) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/2051) by amending the Schedule (fees to be taken) to change the fee for an application to register an enduring, or a lasting, power of attorney from £110 to £82, and to change the fee for a repeat application to register a lasting power of attorney from £55 to £41.

This is a fairly significant reduction in the cost of registering an EPA or LPA, and will hopefully encourage individuals who do not yet have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place to consider writing one.

The relevant Statutory Instrument can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2017/9780111154205/pdfs/ukdsi_9780111154205_en.pdf