Changes to LPAs
The OPG promised it would simplify the Lasting Power of Attorney form this year. It was originally hoped the OPG would merge the Property & Financial Affairs form with the Health & Welfare form to reduce the cost of having both. This has not happened but still some progress has been made.
From the 1 July 2015 the new style forms:
- Remove the requirement to notify someone of the registration and leaves this as optional – it is part of the LPA
- Reduce the number of certificate providers needed to one
- Encourage immediate registration by incorporating the registration pages within the form
The total length of the form (ignoring the continuation sheets) is now 20 pages even with the registration section.
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You can continue to use the existing forms until 1 January 2016 but from that date the new forms must be used to be valid.
You can access the statutory instrument which includes copies of all the new forms here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/899/made/data.pdf
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