A lasting power of attorney needs to be registered before it comes into effect. That’s why Prestige Tax and Trust Services has decided to explain how to register a lasting power of attorney.
Why do you need a lasting power of attorney?
Prestige Tax and Trust Services believes that everyone needs to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). This is because an LPA is a legal tool that you can use to appoint someone to make important decisions on your behalf if you no longer have the mental capacity to do so for yourself.
For example, you could be in a car crash tomorrow and end up in a coma. If you’d appointed an LPA beforehand, that person would be able to make decisions over your medical care to ensure you are treated according to your wishes.
Inform people listed on your LPA
Yet not only do you need to make an LPA, you need to register it with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for it to be legally valid. However before you register the LPA, you need to send a notice of intention to register (LPA001) to every one of the “people who need to be told” that you’ve listed on your application. The people in question then have three weeks to raise any concerns with the OPG.
Registering an LPA
Once you’ve sent the ‘notice of intention’, you can apply to register your LPA with the OPG. They will take eight to ten weeks to register it if there are no mistakes on your application. There are two simple ways to do this.
- You can do it online if you’ve used the online tool to make an LPA. It’s step four on the online tool.
- You can download and complete the application to register (LPA002), which you’ll then need to print out and send along with your original LPA form and the registration fee of £110 to the OPG.
Prestige Tax and Trust Services
You need to make sure that you complete a LPA application correctly to ensure it will be registered with the OPG. This why you should let Prestige Tax and Trust Services lend you a helping hand. Our legal team have the knowledge and experience you need to ensure you can make and register a lasting power of attorney so that it’s legally valid.