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Lasting Power of Attorney form transition period ends in January 2016

8th December 2015

On 1 July 2015, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) introduced simpler and clearer lasting power of attorney legal forms for both property and financial affairs LPAs and health and welfare LPAs. These new versions were made available in FormEvo in July.

Following an agreed transition period the OPGhave been accepting both the old LPA forms and the new LPA form versions to help make the transition easier.

What do I need to do?

  • If old LPA forms have been completed, signed and dated correctly by 1 January 2016, you can still register them at any time providing they have been made correctly.
  • If an LPA made using the old forms has not been completed, signed and dated by 1 January 2016, you won’t be able to register it.
  • OPG is not changing enduring power of attorney (EPA) forms at this time. You will still be able to register EPAs after the introduction of the new LPA forms.

The OPG introduced new LPA forms in July 2015 in response to the consultation ‘Transforming the services of the Office of the Public Guardian - enabling digital by default’. New LPA forms and supporting guidance have been available in FormEvo since 1 July 2015 and the older versions have since been removed to prevent accidental use.

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