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Lasting Powers of Attorney in the digital age

11th February 2013

In line with the Government and Ministry of Justice Digital Strategy plans, certain implementations will rely on the installation of a new IT system, but certain changes are due to be in place by April 2013.

These are:

  • The launch of an online Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) scheme;
  • Reduction of waiting time between receipt of LPAs and registration by the OPG from six weeks down to four weeks; and,
  • Court of Protection (CoP) appointed deputies will be able to change deputyship bond provider without having to make an application to the CoP.

Further modifications have also been detailed within the report, but some will require legislative change and are therefore likely to take longer to implement.

In conclusion the report stated:

“As part of its continuing programme to transform the way in which it delivers its services, the OPG has also commenced a fundamental review of the way that the Public Guardian exercises his statutory duty to supervise deputies appointed by the Court of Protection. If required, we will consult on any proposals during 2013.”

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