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    Lasting Power Of Attorney - Can Anyone Advise ?

    Hi everyone. My mother-in-law is in a situation where she needs and wants to appoint two family members with an LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) over her financial affairs. Solicitors are quoting around the £800 mark to do the job. I've done some Googling and from what I can see it's just a case of completing the correct document, getting it correctly witnessed and submitting it to The Office of the Public Guardian with a registration payment of £120 - and that's it.....

    Are there any fellow HUKDers who are able to confirm this is the case; or am I missing something......?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Yes it is that simple as long as your mum is of sound mind now

    From adviceguide.org.uk

    How to make a lasting power of attorney
    You must make an LPA whilst you're still able to make decisions for yourself. You should choose the person who you want to look after your affairs very carefully. The person you choose to look after your affairs is called an attorney. See under heading General rules about power of attorney for more information about this.
    You will need to fill in a form, which you can get from the Office of the Public Guardian – see under heading Further information. There is one form for a property and affairs LPA (LPA PA)and a different form for a personal welfare LPA (LPA PW). If you want someone to look after your financial affairs and your personal welfare, you will need to make two separate LPAs and fill in both forms.

    There are notes which come with the forms which tell you exactly what to do. You should read these very carefully.
    Once you've filled in these forms, you will need to register the LPA with the Office of the Public Guardian. If you're the donor and you still have mental capacity, you can apply to register the LPA yourself. The person named as your attorney can also apply to register the LPA. They can do this at any time, whether you have lost mental capacity or not.

    When you make an LPA, you can request that certain people should be notified when the LPA is registered. This helps to protect you against fraud and being pressurised into making the LPA. You should use form LP 001 to notify the people named in your LPA, before you apply to register it.
    To register the LPA, you should fill out form LPA 002. Send this to the Office of the Public Guardian along with your LPA form and the registration fee. If you make both types of LPA, you will need to pay two lots of fees. Some people don't have to pay any registration fees. You can find out the latest information about fees from the Office of the Public Guardian - see under heading Further information.

    If the LPA has been correctly completed and there are no objections to the registration after people have been notified, the Public Guardian must register it. They must do this after five weeks. The Public Guardian must notify the donor and any attorneys that they have registered the LPA.

    Edited by: "bargainhunter2009" 20th Feb 2011

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the quick reply bargainhunter. I downloaded the form yesterday from the Public Guardian website.

    it used to be a lot cheaper but it is now over £600 to get done at a solicitors as there is more involved than there used to be.

    it used to be a simple form now its pages and pages long i remember the day they changed over and people getting there LPA and EPA done before the price shot up
    Edited by: "dtaylor21184" 20th Feb 2011

    A cheaqp DIY job isnt going to stand for more than 10minutes in a court in an event of dispute.

    The person disputing it ( I assume being represented with a good solicitor) would prove it worthless in uder 10 mins flat. They are not going to be worth the paper they are written on.

    Spend some money and hire a decent solicitor.

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    aston_martin_own

    A cheaqp DIY job isnt going to stand for more than 10minutes in a court … A cheaqp DIY job isnt going to stand for more than 10minutes in a court in an event of dispute.The person disputing it ( I assume being represented with a good solicitor) would prove it worthless in uder 10 mins flat. They are not going to be worth the paper they are written on.Spend some money and hire a decent solicitor.




    They're written on an official government document downloaded from their website and checked by the same department when they are registered. From what I can gather, all a solicitor does is complete the very same form on your behalf, check it conforms to the rules and submits it to The Office of the Public Guardian.

    (Then charges an arm and a leg for their services.....)....
    Edited by: "orlando08" 21st Feb 2011
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