The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is a government office who's role is to protect people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance.
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the “donor”) appoint one or more people (known as “attorneys ”) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf. This gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and can't make your own decisions (you “lack mental capacity ”).
If you lose mental capacity through illness, age or an accident, unless you've already filled in the Power of Attorney forms, your loved ones will need to apply through the courts to become your 'deputy', this is a long and expensive process. Instead, you can nominate a trusted friend or relative before you lose capacity, by setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
LPA's are not just for the elderly, LPAs can help anyone over the age of 18 to plan for the future in case they have an accident or fall ill with illnesses such as dementia, strokes and heart disease.
No, an LPA is there to give your trusted family or friends the ability to make decisions on your behalf when and if you ever lose the mental capacity to do so yourself.
The person giving the power is known as the donor to an Attorney to make decisions on their behalf.
An Attorney is the person that a Donor trusts to make decisions on their behalf if the donor loses mental capacity to make decisions on their own.
This is the person or people that the Donor wishes to be informed that an LPA has been registered for them, they will have the right to object if they feel that the Attorneys would not act in the Donors interests.
A Certificate provider is a person who can Certify that you understand what the LPA is, that you have the mental capacity to make the decision to put an LPA in place and that you are not being unduly pressured to setup the LPA.
Office of the Public Guardian
PO Box 16185
Birmingham, B2 2WH
The Office of the Public Guardian changes £82 for each LPA however these costs can be reduced under certain circumstances, to see if you can get reduced registration fees click here.