Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) fees

This section of the website of the website provides information on fee exemptions or remissions. If an application is being made for exemption or remission of an OPG fee then the application should be based on the financial circumstances of the Donor (EPA/LPA) or the person for whom a Deputy has been appointed.

Am I eligible for a fee exemption?

You are eligible for a fee exemption if you receive any of the following means-tested benefits and you have not been awarded damages of more than £16,000, which were disregarded when determining your eligibility for the benefit:  
  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Income based Job-Seekers allowance
  • Pension Guarantee Credit element of State Pension Credit (You will not be eligible if this is calculated as nil);
  • A combination of Working Tax Credit and either Child Tax Credit, Disability Element Working Tax Credit or Severe Disability Element (within the Working Tax Credit); This does not include Disability Living Allowance or Invalidity Benefit;
  • Housing Benefit; or
  • Council Tax Benefit (not the 25% single person reduction);
  • Local Housing Allowance.

At the discretion of the OPG, exemptions may be granted for a period of up to 3 years, providing the applicant signs the undertaking on form OPG506A to notify OPG immediately, in writing, should the entitlement to the qualifying benefit cease.

The request must be accompanied by supporting evidence in the form of an official letter or entitlement notice from the appropriate benefit provider dated no more that 3 months old. It must contain your title, full name, address and postcode and confirm current receipt of benefit.

If the appropriate evidence is not provided your application will be refused and the fee will be payable.

Applicants will be notified in writing of the period of award and will not need to supply further evidence, or complete an application for fee exemption or remission form during the award period.

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Am I eligible for a fee remission?

If you do not qualify for a fee exemption, you may be eligible for a fee remission if your gross annual  income* is within the bands shown below. The fee remissions shown here apply to fees from April 1 2009. Income Remission:
  • Up to £12,000 no fee to pay
  • £12,001 to £13,500 75% remission - you need to enclose 25% of fee
  • £13,501 to £15,000 50% remission - you need to enclose 50% of fee
  • £15,001 to £16,500 25% remission - you need to enclose 75% of fee
  • Over £16,500 - You are not entitled to a fee remission.

*Gross annual income is the amount received before you pay tax and national insurance. It may come from:

  • employment;
  • non-means-tested benefits, including Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance;
  • pensions; and/or
  • Interest from capital investments.

At the discretion of the OPG, fee remissions may be granted for a period of up to 3 years, providing the applicant signs the undertaking on Form OPG506A to notify OPG immediately, should any financial circumstances change which will affect the remission entitlement. This notification must be given in writing. The request must be accompanied by supporting evidence in the form of:

  •  Paid Employment: Copy of wage slips from each job as follows:
    • Monthly paid employment - last 3 wage slips, with the most recent being no more than 2 months old.
    • Weekly paid employment – last 6 wage slips, with the most recent being no more than 4 weeks old.
  • Self Employment: Most recent tax return (Self Assessment).
  • Non-means-tested benefits: An official letter or entitlement notice from the appropriate benefit provider dated no more than 3 months old and containing your title, full name, address and postcode and confirming current rate of benefit.
  • State/ Private/ Occupational Pensions: An official letter or entitlement notice from the appropriate pension payer dated no more than 3 months old and containing your title, full name, address and postcode and confirming current rate of pension.
  • Interest from capital, stocks, shares or bonds: Current statements or vouchers showing gross income received.
  • Any other income: Please provide current documentary evidence of any other income received which is not listed here, such as maintenance payments, rental income, etc.

If the appropriate evidence is not provided, your application will be refused and the full fee will be payable.

Applicants will be notified of the period of award and will not need to supply further evidence, or complete an Application for a fee exemption or remission form during the award period. Please note that if no income is received, a signed written statement to this effect must be supplied.

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How do I make an application for a fee exemption or remission?

To apply for a fee exemption or remission you should complete the form OPG506A, which you can download from the forms and booklets section of our site. This form should be sent together with your application to the OPG and include any documentation in support of your claim.

If you are applying for an exemption you do not need to pay the fee when you make your application. If it is decided that you are not eligible for an exemption you will be asked to make the full payment.

If you are applying for a remission you should only send that portion of the application fee you are accountable for as set out above. If it is decided that you do not qualify for a remission you will be asked to pay the total fee less any amount already paid.

Applications for remission of Lasting and Enduring Power of Attorney fees, Appointment of Deputy fees and annual Supervision fees must be received in OPG with supporting evidence, within 6 months of the invoice date.

For more detailed information on fees remission and exemption please see OPG506 - Office of the Public Guardian Fees, exemptions and remissions guidance.

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