Where can I get a Power of Attorney form?
Setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney is straightforward. You can do it through:
- Which? Wills: we have a Power of Attorney Selector to help you get the right Power of Attorney document.
- The Office of the Public Guardian, where you can fill in the form online.
- A solicitor or will writer.
If you choose to use a solicitor or will writer, always ask for written confirmation of their fees beforehand.
When setting things up, you can stipulate which ‘powers’ you want to give; for example, you might only want your attorney to deal with your bills, but not to have the power to sell your property, or you may only want the attorney to deal with your affairs once you lose the ability to manage your own affairs.
Once the LPA is drawn up and signed, it will need to be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian. It could take up to eight weeks for this to happen, so it’s best to submit the form well before it’s needed.
If the person you care for lacks mental capacity and is unable to fill in their own Power of Attorney form, you may need to apply to the courts for the authority to manage their affairs. Read our advice on Power of Attorney in England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
Completing the online form in England and Wales
Go to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) online service page where you will be guided through the questions and process. If you make any mistakes, these are highlighted, reducing the risk of making an expensive error. The end result will be an LPA that you can save and print before signing it and sending to the OPG.
The form is saved as you work through it so you don’t need to complete it in one go. If you don't wish to use the online service you can download the forms here and print them off.
You will need the following information:
- your name, address and date of birth
- names, addresses and dates of birth of all attorneys and any replacement attorneys (you can nominate replacements to step into the role if one of your original attorneys can no longer make decisions on your behalf)
- name and address of a certificate provider, who is an impartial person who will confirm that you understand the LPA and you’ve not being forced to make it
- names and addresses of up to five people who will be notified when you or your attorneys apply to register your LPA.
Return the completed form to the Office of the Public Guardian to register the LPA together with the fee of £82 (if your income is below £12,000 or you are in receipt of certain benefits, you may qualify for a lower fee). The fee for re-submission is £41.
You can pay the fee by card online or send a cheque with the LPA to the OPG.
Completing the form in Scotland
The Scottish Office of the Public Guardian explains what you need to do to fill in a PoA document. The Scottish OPG is purely a registration service. They they aim to process applications within 30 working days of receiving the document.
Electronic submissions will be done more quickly than those sent by post. Find out more about electronic submissions here.
In Scotland, only a prescribed person can confirm that you are capable and able to grant the PoA. As part of the PoA process, a solicitor registered to practise law in Scotland or a registered UK medical doctor who holds a licence to practise must carry out an interview with you and confirm that you understand the nature and impact of making a PoA. The prescribed person will then complete and sign a ‘certificate of capacity’ and this will form part of the PoA document.
Find more information in our guide to Power of Attorney in Scotland.
Completing the form in Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland you can choose between an Enduring Power of Attorney and a General Power of Attorney. You can download an Enduring Power of Attorney application form from the Law Society of Northern Ireland. Further guidance is available from the Office of Care and Protection.
Find more information in our guide to Power of Attorney in Northern Ireland.
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