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IFA Advice. Can I claim back fees?
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Nevski
Old 13-11-2012, 8:28 PM
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Default IFA Advice. Can I claim back fees?

In late 2009 my IFA decided to retire. He passed on my details to another IFA who sent me a letter saying that we should meet and discuss my investments. I decided to ignore the letter as I was happy with my current investments and I didn't have any spare funds to invest. Now 3 years later I find that I have been paying them a quarterly fee which is a percentage of my total investments. In your opinion can I claim back these monies? I haven't sent them a letter yet as I want to see what you guys think first . Thanks in advance
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Old 13-11-2012, 8:34 PM
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You could always send a letter asking if they would consider rebating some of the fees as you haven't used their services at all in the last three years. They likely won't be required to do so unless your original agreement stated as such, but they may be willing to do so as a goodwill gesture.
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In your opinion can I claim back these monies?
What are these fees and what are they documented to cover?

It is probably unlikely you can if they are factored into the product as they are usually structured as commission but if it is a retainer by standing order from your current account then this should have a fee agreement in place stating what you get for those fees.

For cases put in place after Jan 2013 then ongoing regular remuneration has to be justified and agreed. Prior to that date, if it is say trail commission, then it doesn't need to be. Give us a bit more detail on what this fee arrangement is.
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