Registering Your Lasting Power of Attorney.

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Who Should You Notify When Registering Your Lasting Power of Attorney?

You can notify up to 5 people when registering your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). We recommend that you should notify the people who are closest to you and who would be willing to raise concerns about your LPA. It is typical for donors to choose to notify their family and close friends. 

Notifying people during the registration of your LPA (you notify people by including their details in a section of the LPA registration form) is important as it can act as a safeguard against you being put under pressure to make the LPA, or should there be a suggestion of fraud involved in the LPA registration. 

 

Who Do You Register a Lasting Power of Attorney With?

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). The OPG helps people in England stay in control of decisions relating to their health and finance. 

LPAs are registered by sending the forms to the OPG at the following address:

Office of the Public Guardian

PO Box 16185

Birmingham

B2 2WH

How to Register a Lasting Power of Attorney

Once your Lasting Power of Attorney has been drafted and checked for mistakes and inaccuracies, the forms need to be submitted to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).

The OPG processes the application, and this usually takes around 8-10 weeks, provided there are no mistakes in the application.

 
 
Who Can Register a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Only the donor or their attorney(s) are allowed to register the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

When Should You Register Your Lasting Power of Attorney?

You should try and register your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) as soon as possible once you have completed and checked it for errors and inaccuracies, as the LPA cannot be used until it has been registered. 

Registering an Enduring Power of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney needs to be registered as soon as the donor starts to lose mental capacity. In order to register the Enduring Power of Attorney, you will need to:

  1. Inform the donor, their family members and any other attorneys that you intend to register the Enduring Power of Attorney.

  2. Apply to register the Enduring Power of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian using this Form. Once the Form is completed it should be sent to The Office of the Public Guardian, PO Box 16185, Birmingham, B2 2WH.

  3. Pay the application fee.

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