You must have mental capacity (the ability to make your own decisions) to change your lasting power of attorney.
You can make the modifications even after you registered the LPA with OPG.
Removing One of the Attorneys
You must send a notification to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) if you want to remove one of your attorneys. In legal terminology, the full written statement you need to send is a ‘partial deed of revocation’.
You can use the wording below as a partial deed of revocation template. But, you must replace the words written in the square brackets with the relevant details.
Partial Deed of Revocation
“This partial deed of revocation is made by [donor’s name] of [donor’s address].
1: I granted a lasting power of attorney for property and financial affairs/health and welfare [delete as appropriate] on [date donor signed the lasting power of attorney] appointing [name of first attorney] of [address of first attorney] and [name of second attorney] of [address of second attorney] to act as my attorney(s).
2: I hereby revoke [attorney’s name that you are revoking] ONLY from the lasting power of attorney and the authority granted to him/her.
Signed and delivered as a deed [donor’s signature]
Date signed [date]
Witnessed by [signature of witness]
Full name of witness [name of witness]
Address of witness [address of witness]”
Note: You can add another attorney to your LPA. But, the process means ending a lasting power of attorney and then making a new one.
Sending a Partial Deed of Revocation to OPG
The next step is to send the partial deed of revocation to the Office of the Public Guardian. Remember to send the original LPA document with it.
Office of the Public Guardian
PO Box 16185
Note: You need to tell the people you have removed as your attorney. Make sure they know that you have ended their attorneyship.
Changing the Attorney’s Details
You will need to write to the OPG and notify them if one of your attorneys changes certain details, such as their:
- Name (either by marriage or by deed poll)
The Office of the Public Guardian will also need some supporting documentation. For example, you would need to send them the original marriage certificate showing a new name and address.
Note: You must not make changes to the LPA document itself. Doing so may make it invalid. Instead, you must contact the OPG to make changes to an LPA.
If One of the Attorneys Dies
You must inform the Office of the Public Guardian if one of your attorneys dies. If it happens you would also need to send them:
- A copy of their death certificate.
- The original LPA and all certified copies of the lasting power of attorney.
- A return address so that the OPG can return your documents.