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4 Changes to the Lasting Power of Attorney forms

On 1 July 2015 the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) introduced new simpler forms for Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), both for Property and Financial Affairs LPAs and Health and Welfare LPAs. This is in response to the OPG's consultation and feedback from users who were directly involved in their development. 

The redesign  makes the forms easier to follow and faster to complete. The requirement for a second certificate provider has also been removed, as this was making it difficult for some people who wanted to make an LPA.

Safeguards remain the same, such as the need for an independent witness to sign sections of the LPA and someone you know certifying that, in their judgement, you have capacity. The requirement for a signature and witness for life-sustaining treatments also remain.

The new LPA forms complement the existing online LPA service (we tell you how to use this in our Lasting Power of Attorney form article), which takes users through each page of the application step-by-step, making sure it is completed correctly before it is printed off and submitted.

Can I still use the old version of LPA?

To make this change easier for everyone, the OPG will be accepting both the old and new versions of LPA forms for the next six months.

  • From 1 July 2015 to 1 January 2016, you can use either the old or new versions of these forms to create and register an LPA.
  • If the old LPA forms have been completed, signed and dated correctly by 1 January 2016, they can still be registered at any time providing they have been made correctly.
  • If an LPA made using the old forms has not been completed, signed and dated by 1 January 2016, they won’t be able to be registered.

No changes are being made to Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) forms at this time. These will still be able to be registered after the introduction of the new LPA forms.

Page last reviewed: January 2015
Next review due: March 2017