4. Register a lasting power of attorney
When you’ve made your lasting power of attorney (LPA), you need to register it with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).
If you made an LPA online, you may have registered it at the same time. It’s registered when OPG has stamped it with ‘VALIDATED-OPG’.
It takes between 8 and 10 weeks to register an LPA if there are no mistakes in the application.
You can apply to register your LPA yourself if you’re able to make your own decisions.
Your attorney can also register it for you. You’ll be told if they do and you can object to the registration.
Before you register, send a form to notify people (LP3) to all the ‘people to notify’ (also called ‘people to be told’) you listed in the LPA.
They’ll have 3 weeks to raise any concerns with OPG.
If you’re using the online service to make and register an LPA, it will create and fill in the LP3 forms for you.
How to register
Apply to register as soon as you’ve sent forms to notify people.
The way you register depends on how you made your LPA:
- use the online service, if that’s what you used to make your LPA
- fill in sections 12 to 15 of your form if you made your LPA using paper forms LP1F or LP1H
If you’re using a paper form to register, you need to sign it and send it to OPG.
Office of the Public Guardian
PO Box 16185
The address is also on the form. Make sure you include the original LPA form and the fee.
You can send a certified copy if you don’t have the original form. Write a covering letter to explain why you don’t have the original.
If you made your LPA with an older paper form
You can register by filling in form LP2 if you made your LPA:
- on forms LPA114 or LPA117 before 1 January 2016
- on forms LP PA or LP PW before 1 April 2011
Otherwise you’ll need to make a new LPA.
How much it costs
It costs £82 to register each LPA unless you get a reduction or exemption.
This means it costs £164 to register both a property and financial affairs LPA and a health and welfare LPA.
You can pay by:
- credit or debit card - OPG will contact you to process the payment
Make your cheque payable to ‘Office of the Public Guardian’ and write your name on the back. Send it to OPG with your forms.
If you make a mistake on your form
Depending on the type of mistake, OPG may let you correct it and apply again within 3 months for £41.
Get a reduction or exemption
You can apply for a reduction if you earn less than £12,000. You might also be able to apply for an exemption if you’re on certain benefits, such as Income Support.
Download and fill in the application form. The form has more information about eligibility.