Setting up an LPA is straightforward. You will simply need the following:
An Attorney: This is someone you can trust to handle your affairs on your behalf should you be unable to do so in the future. He or she could be a family member, relative, loved one, friend or a professional. However, the Attorney must not benefit/ profit from the arrangement. You can choose a different Attorney for each LPA you create. It may also be appropriate to choose a Replacement Attorney to ensure the LPA is successful in due course.
A Certificate Provider: someone who is independent of the LPA, to confirm that you are making the LPA of your own free will. This person can either be a professional (e.g. GP or solicitor) or someone who has known you for at least 2 years.
A witness – someone to sign to confirm that they watched you sign the LPA. The witness can be anyone other than your Attorney(s). You could ask your Certificate Provider to be your witness. The Certificate Provider can also witness your Attorney’s signatures.
Anyone can create an LPA at any time, as long as they are over 18 years old and have the mental capacity to make this decision. It is important to remember that it is the Donor who makes the LPA, and not the Attorney. Therefore, the earlier in life this is done, the more secure your future.
Please note however that the LPA application to the Office of the Public Guardian can take up to 3 months, so it is advisable to prepare your LPA as soon as possible whilst you still have mental capacity. It can always be registered at a later date.
Creating your tailored LPA is straightforward as we do all the hard work for you. All you need to do is consider your answers to the simple questions in the ‘Get Started’ section found at the top of this page before filling in the key details required, once you are ready to do so. You can take as little or as much time as you require in completing this section, as the information is automatically saved should you wish to come back to it later on.
Should you have any queries, you can email us here and one of our expert advisors, who are all legally trained, will be happy to assist.
Your responses are entirely confidential. No-one else can view them and we never share your information with any other companies.
- We will e-mail you a PDF copy of your completed LPA for you to print and sign as required.
- Your Attorney(s) will also need to sign the LPA, but they must not be present when you sign your section.
- You will also need someone to certify (confirm in writing on the document) that you are making the LPA with your own free will and that you understand the importance of this document. The person certifying the LPA is called a Certificate Provider. They can be a professional such as GP or Solicitor, or anyone who has known you for minimum 2 years. It is important to note that a professional might charge you for certifying your LPA. You should ask about their fees beforehand.
- If your LPA has listed any ‘Persons to Notify’, they must be contacted when the LPA is about to be registered.
- When it is appropriate for the LPA to take effect, which may not be for many years after the LPA has been completed, signed and certified, it will need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. Click here for more information about the registration process.
The LPA Advice Company charges a highly competitive, one-off fee of £69 for one LPA or £99 for two LPAs per Donor, which is only payable when you are ready for us to send you your completed LPA to sign and have certified. This fee includes any assistance and guidance you may require to enable us to draft your tailored LPA, and also advice regarding the registration process. There are no additional costs involved.
Please note however that there is a separate registration fee payable once you are ready to use your LPA. This registration fee is paid directly to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and is currently £82 (although a reduction or even an exemption may be available to you depending on your income).
Yes. You can end or change your LPA even after it has been registered, as long as you still have mental capacity.
To end your LPA, you must make a written statement called a Deed of Revocation. To change your LPA, you must make a written statement called a Partial deed of Revocation. You must notify your Attorney(s) of the change/end to the LPA and lodge the deed with the Office of the Public Guardian.
Your Attorney(s) cannot use your LPA to change your will. Your LPA will expire when you die. Your affairs will be looked after by your executors or personal representatives from that point, not your Attorney(s).
Your Attorney(s) must send your LPA and the death certificate to the Office of the Public Guardian.
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