Lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms are changing on Wednesday 1 July
On Wednesday 1 July, new, simpler and clearer LPA forms will be introduced for both property and financial affairs LPAs and health and welfare LPAs.
How have the forms changed?
The new forms reflect the responses to our consultation and feedback from users who were directly involved in their development. The redesign will make the forms easier to follow and faster to complete. We have also removed the requirement for a second certificate provider, as it was making it difficult for some people who wanted to make an LPA.
Having listened through our consultation, we haven’t combined the forms for health and welfare and property and finance. Nor will we be removing the requirement for a signature and witness for the life sustaining treatment section. Other safeguards remain the same, such as the need for an independent witness to sections of the LPA and someone you know certifying that, in their judgement, you have capacity.
The new LPA forms complement the existing online LPA service which takes users through each page of the application step-by-step, making sure it is completed correctly before it’s printed off and submitted. We’ve also improved the online service to better support solicitors’ processes based on their feedback.
Timing for transition to the new forms
To make this change easier for everyone, we’ll be accepting both the old and new versions of LPA forms for the next six months:
- From Wednesday, 1 July 2015 until Friday, 1 January 2016, you can use either the old or new versions of these forms to create and register an LPA.
- If the old LPA forms have been 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.
No changes are being made to enduring powers of attorney (EPA) forms at this time. These will still be able to be registered after the introduction of the new LPA forms.
The new forms will be available to download from www.gov.uk/opg from Wednesday 1 July.
Improved information to support attorneys
Our research told us that many attorneys acting under either a property and finance or health and welfare LPA needed more advice on how to carry out their role effectively to protect the donor's best interests.
We’ve developed two new leaflets offering a quick guide to getting started as an attorney.
We've tested these leaflets extensively. They've been read and commented on by a number of attorneys, external organisations, including the NHS, local authorities, businesses and charities with an interest in LPAs and OPG staff.
The leaflets will be sent to attorneys along with the OPG letter telling them that the LPA has been registered. You can also download them now from GOV.UK.
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