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Making a Lasting Power of Attorney Online

You can choose to make a lasting power of attorney online or you can use the paper form. Find out how to make an LPA online, which forms to sign, and where to get expert help.

MAKE LPA ONLINE: The online service helps you create a lasting power of attorney (LPA) for England and Wales.

The digital facility explains the process and guides you through answering the questions.

When you create an LPA online you can save and print the information. You can also sign and send it to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for the registration when you have finished.

Note: The online service saves the LPA as you progress with the digital application. So, there is no need or urgency to complete it in one go.

Other people will need to sign the forms no matter which version you use (online or paper). After choosing your attorney, they will also need to sign along with your witnesses.

There is no legal requirement for you to complete the application yourself. Someone else can make an LPA online or fill in the paper forms on your behalf. You can ask a family member, a trusted friend, or a professional (e.g. a solicitor).

Note: You must register a lasting power of attorney (LPA). Otherwise, your attorney will not be able to make any decisions on your behalf.

Create an Account to Make an LPA Online

Once you create an account you will be able to start making your lasting power of attorney. You will also be able to:

Note: You will need to be able to print out the forms so you can sign them after finishing the online application.

Using LPA Paper Forms

You can download the lasting power of attorney forms and associated guidance notes. Print off the forms to make and register a lasting power of attorney (LPA).

Signing Lasting Power of Attorney Forms

You must sign all the forms before you return them or send them off. The other people that also need to sign the papers include:

Witnesses and Certificate Providers

Whoever you choose to be your witness and a certificate provider must be at least 18 years old. The nominated attorneys can witness each other's signature, but they cannot:

Note: The person who is appointing the attorney [the donor] cannot be a witness for the same application.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

Choosing an Attorney for LPA | Important issues to consider before you choose an attorney for a POA.

Certify a Lasting Power of Attorney | You can confirm a copy of your LPA is genuine by 'certifying' it.

If You Need Extra Help

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) can provide further assistance to use the online service. They can also help if you do not have access to a computer or the Internet.

Office of the Public Guardian
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0300 456 0300
Textphone: 0115 934 2778
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday, 10am to 5pm
Telephone call rates to 0300 numbers.

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney Online in the United Kingdom

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