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How do I put a Health & Welfare LPA in place and how long will the process take?

Putting a Lasting Power of Attorney application in place involves completing a (rather lengthy!) application form and submitting it to the Office of the Public Guardian (the OPG) to be registered.

The application must be read and signed by the donor (the person to whom the application relates), the attorneys, the replacement attorneys (if there are any), the Certificate Provider and any people to notify (if applicable). All signatures must be witnessed by an independent witness.

Crucially, the signatures must be obtained in a very specific order which is then evidenced by the dates in which each party to the applications signs.

When the application has been completed and signed in the correct order it should be submitted to the Office of the Public Guardian with the correct fee (currently £82 per application). The OPG are, understandably, very unforgiving towards any mistakes made in the application which is why we always advise against attempting to complete the application without professional assistance. If your application contains errors it will be returned to you and you may have to pay some or all of the fee again.

From the receiving the application, the OPG usually take between 8-10 weeks to register it and send it back to you ready to be used by your attorneys, should the need arise.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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