The legal process of registering a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) has changed as from 1 April 2013. These changes have been made in order to reduce the amount of time it takes for the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to register the LPA.
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a formal way of handing over your affairs to the responsible person of your choice, should you become incapable of doing so yourself, in the future.
From now on, where once it would take six weeks to register, the process should now only take four weeks. Similarly, the period in which an objection can be raised has been decreased from five weeks to three weeks.
New rules have also been introduced which will make it much easier for court-appointed deputies to change their security bond provider, removing the need for them to apply to the Court of Protection. Old bonds will now automatically be discharged after a period of two years.