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Office of the Public Guardian news – Online applications proposed

17th August 2012

Under the terms of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, those wishing to register Lasting Powers of Attorney have to apply to the Office of the Public Guardian, while those wishing to apply for deputyship have to register with the Court of Protection.

Making the process available in some form online would revolutionise the way things are done, although it is thought that wills and probate solicitors would still have a role to play.

“These proposals aim to make a real and positive difference to people dealing with what can be an emotional and difficult process,” Justice Minister, Jonathan Djanogly commented.

“It is another example of the smart, common sense changes being made throughout the justice system to create a better, more effective service for the public.”

Meanwhile, the current Public Guardian, Alan Eccles, said he believes that allowing people to apply online to the Office of the Public Guardian for Lasting Powers of Attorney would help ensure “the best possible service”. Furthermore, he said, it would be “simpler, quicker… and more efficient”.

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