When applying to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), there are 3 sets of documents you
need to complete. These are:
1. The LPA form;
2. Form LPA001 – notice of intention to apply for a LPA; and
3. Form LPA002 – application to register the LPA.
The LPA itself names your attorney(s), states both your and your attorney(s)’ personal details, says whether your attorney(s) are to act independently and/or together, and gives any guidance to the attorneys, including any restrictions on them that you may wish to put in place. You will need a certificate provider to certify that you have all of your mental faculties at the time you sign the LPA (this can be a solicitor). You also need to give notice to someone independent of you and your attorneys, who will alert the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) if there is anything suspicious about the application.
The application must be sent to the OPG for registration, along with a registration fee. Your
attorney(s) cannot use the LPA until it has been registered. The registration process can take a few months, so it is best to register your LPA sooner rather than later.
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