You can register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) while you have capacity or your attorney can register it at any time. Once Sections 1 to 11 of the LPA form have been completed and signed by everyone then Sections 12 to 15 must be completed to register it.
The completed LPA form then needs to be posted to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) along with payment (unless you’ve completed it online).
The LPA can only be used after it has been registered by the OPG and registration can take between eight and 10 weeks.
You don’t have to register your LPA straight away but it’s a good idea to do so. This is because any mistakes in the form can be corrected while you still have capacity. If your LPA isn’t registered until you lose capacity and it contains mistakes, you won’t be able to correct these mistakes and your LPA will be invalid. Registering your LPA straight away also means that there won’t be a delay when it needs to be used because you won’t have to wait for it to be registered.
How much does it cost?
It costs £82 to register an LPA. If you’re also completing an LPA for Property and Financial Affairs, the fee applies to each form separately.
Depending on your situation you may be able to pay a reduced amount or even pay nothing. If you have an income under £12,000 or are on certain benefits you can apply for a reduction.
What happens next?
Once your LPA has been registered by the OPG they’ll return the form to you (or to the attorney if they registered it). It will be stamped on every page and it’s only valid once this is done.
It’s important that those close to you, your doctor and anyone else involved in your care know that you have made an LPA.
Can I change my mind?
You can change your mind at any time and cancel the LPA while you have capacity to make decisions about your health and care.
If your LPA hasn’t been registered, you can destroy the document and should tell anybody involved in the LPA that you have done so. If you’ve already registered the LPA, you must contact the OPG.