The ‘Use a Lasting Power of Attorney’ Service
For Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPAs) registered in England and Wales on or after 17 July 2020, the government has released an online service called ‘Use a Lasting Power of Attorney’ which allows people or organisations to view a summary of the LPA online.
Once the LPA has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian the donor and attorneys will be sent an activation key. Using the LPA reference and activation key which they will together be able to create an account on the ‘Use a Lasting Power of Attorney’ service through the Gov.UK website.
Through this account both the donor and attorneys can make an access code which they can provide to organisations such as banks and the DWP to view a summary of the LPA. This will save attorneys needing to take copies of the documents to individual institutions and should streamline the system going forward.
The Office of the Public Guardian plan to open up the service to LPAs registered earlier in 2020 and to some from 2019 in the future.
If you would like to know more about preparing and registering LPAs please contact us on 01603 675645 (Norwich) or 01953 458162 (Attleborough).