Could digital LPAs speed registration up?


20 July 2021

By Clare Nichols

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people to help you make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so.

The current system requires LPA forms to be completed and submitted to the Office of the Public Guardian for registration, a process which can take up to 12 weeks. Needless to say, if there is an urgent need for powers to be reallocated, 3 months is a long wait.

To tackle this, the Government is considering a fast-track digital alternative “fit for the modern world”. Consideration is being given as to whether providing a digital option and removing some of the current requirements of the LPAs could make things quicker.

Further details can be found on the BBC article linked below:

This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.