Changes to lasting power of attorney forms

July 23, 2015   //   No Comments

From 1st July, new, simpler and clearer lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms will be introduced for both property and financial affairs LPAs and health and welfare LPAs.

The new forms reflect the responses to government consultation and feedback from users who were directly involved in their development. The redesign will make the forms easier to follow and faster to complete.  The requirement for a second certificate provider has been removed, as this was making it difficult for some people who wanted to make an LPA.

The forms for health and welfare and property and finance have not been combined. The requirement for a signature and witness for the life sustaining treatment section will remain. The new LPA forms complement the existing online LPA service which takes users through each page of the application step-by-step, making sure it is completed correctly before it’s printed off and submitted.

To make this change easier for everyone, both the old and new versions of LPA forms will be accepted for the next six months:

  • From Wednesday, 1 July 2015 until Friday, 1 January 2016, you can use either the old or new versions of these forms to create and register an LPA.
  • If the old LPA forms have been completed, signed and dated correctly by Friday, 1 January 2016, they can still be registered at any time providing they have been made correctly.
  • If an LPA made using the old forms has not been completed, signed and dated by Friday, 1 January 2016, they won’t be able to be registered.

No changes are being made to enduring powers of attorney (EPA) forms at this time. These will still be able to be registered after the introduction of the new LPA forms.  LPAs are legal documents which allow the applicant to appoint someone they know and trust to make decisions about their health and welfare or financial affairs if they were to lose mental capacity in the future.

Further information is available here.