In a previous article we have discussed why someone would want to set up Lasting Powers of Attorney as well as a few basic types of LPAs. (What is a Lasting Power of Attorney and why do I need one). We have also discussed the importance of LPAs for Business in the article Business Lasting Powers of Attorney – could your business run without you?
In July 2015, the Office of the Public Guardian, who deal with Lasting Powers of Attorney, introduced new forms to replace the existing forms, which were seen as difficult to use. The old forms could still be used for 6 months, and as long as the LPA was completed, signed and dated correctly by Friday, 1 January 2016, they can still be registered 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 Friday, 1 January 2016, they won’t be able to be registered.
The new forms are, however, much easier to use and faster to complete. Two forms (the Lasting Power of Attorney form and the registration form) have been combined into one document.
The new forms were introduced for both property and financial affairs LPAs and health and welfare LPAs, but not for enduring powers of attorney (EPA) forms at this time.
The new forms also complement the existing online LPA service.
It is however important to note, that setting up an LPA can be quite a complex process and many people prefer to have the help and guidance of an expert. This is where I come in. As a professional Will Writer I deal with Lasting Powers of Attorney on a weekly basis and can advise and guide you through the process including acting as certificate provider and the full registration process to make it hassle-free.
How can I help?
I, Amanda Harris, provide a friendly and professional service in the comfort and privacy of your own home. My services include Lasting Powers of Attorney, Applications for Deputyship and Wills. I will give you a price up-front with no hidden charges.
I am a member of the Society of Will Writers and follow the Code of Practice laid down by the Society and all work is covered by Professional Indemnity insurance. I can also offer a secure storage and retrieval service for your documents.
Please get in touch if you have any further questions about Lasting Powers of Attorney.