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Alert: registered a Lasting Power of Attorney since September 2019?

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Alert: registered a Lasting Power of Attorney since September 2019?

If you have registered a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) since September 2019, then we strongly recommend that you also register your paper LPA document online. Here is our nutshell guide on the merits of online registration.

What is the advantage of registering my LPA online?

The digital service is designed to be a more convenient way to share the details in the LPA online with other companies. ​For instance, once registered there should be no need to go in to the bank branch to provide paper copies of LPA forms for verification. ​

What can I do with an online LPA that I can’t do with a paper copy?

The online service allows you to:

  • Invite banks or other organisations to view a summary of an LPA
  • keep track of which people or organisations have been given access to an LPA
  • view an LPA summary
  • see how people named on the LPA are using the service

I am an attorney - will online registration save me time?

The regulator, the Office of the Public Guardian, claim that online registration reduces the time that it takes to register the LPA document with organisations such as banks, energy companies etc.

Why wasn’t I told about this service before?

The service was launched in Summer 2020 and has only recently been available for existing LPAs to be registered. The new cut-off date is LPAs registered after September 2019.

I am an attorney, can I register the LPA online?

Yes, donors and attorneys can register the document. Unfortunately, your solicitor cannot register the document for you, though we can advise you on the process.

I want to register my LPA online, what do I do?

If your LPA was registered on or after 17 July 2020, then refer to the covering letter that you received to find your activation key for the online service. Full instructions are on the letter and via: https://www.gov.uk/use-lasting-power-of-attorney

If your LPA was registered between 1 September 2019 and 16  July 2020, you can obtain an activation key for the online service via the same link: https://www.gov.uk/use-lasting-power-of-attorney

If your LPA was registered before 1 September 2019 then unfortunately you cannot register your LPA online. However, it is hoped that this changes subject to funding at the regulator, the Office of the Public Guardian.

Where can I find further information?

The Office of the Public Guardian have produced this online demonstration that shows the registration process from your side…and also how the bank or the organisation uses the information.

The dedicated information page is here: https://www.gov.uk/use-lasting-power-of-attorney

Alternatively, speak to our specialist team at Harrowells who can guide you through all aspects of Lasting Powers of Attorney

Our articles are intended for general information purposes only and are not a substitute for professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances. We are always very happy to discuss any plans, issues or concerns you may have and to clarify how we might be able to help. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.