Delays at the Office of the Public Guardian when registering Lasting Powers of Attorney
The England and Wales Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has announced that it is currently experiencing delays when registering Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).
What is the new timeframe for registering a Lasting Power of Attorney?
The average time for registrations had increased to 15 weeks but the OPG is now asking that applicants allow up to 20 weeks from the date on which they received the signed LPA for an application to be processed. This period does, of course, includes a four week waiting period required by law.
How will the delay impact vulnerable persons?
The delay can cause problems when a vulnerable person requires an LPA quickly to assist them with their affairs, as they will now have to wait even longer to gain the support needed.
This highlights how vital it is to prepare LPAs ahead of time, rather than waiting for the moment in which they will be needed.
Putting an LPA in place now to assist a vulnerbale person will ensure it is ready for use immediately, and will give you and your loved ones peace of mind.
How can Tozers help?
To ensure an LPA is put in place correctly and promptly it is always recommended to speak to a solicitor. They are great tools for succession planning and cover property & finance, and health & welfare. To find out more, or for support with putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney, please contact our dedicated Later Life Planning team who will be happy to help.