Lasting Powers of Attorney - online applications

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it aims to accept online applications to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) from April 2013. The current system only allows LPAs to be registered via a postal application.

A LPA is a document that allows an individual (known as an attorney) to appoint someone to make decisions on their behalf. It is put in place whilst an individual has capacity to make decisions and is usually used when that person lacks capacity and is, therefore, unable to make decisions.

There are two different types of LPAs. One relates to finances (Property and Financial Affairs LPA) and one relates to health and welfare (Health and Welfare LPA).

Jon Gould, Associate in the Private Client team at DWF, comments "This is good news for clients and professionals. A LPA is a very important document, particularly for those who have assets in their sole name, and this should reduce the time it takes to register a LPA. Here at DWF we have recently launched a LPA package to assist our clients and intermediaries. Our package makes the process for completing a LPA as simple as possible. By being able to register a LPA online it will compliment the process we already have in place. The Private Client Team at DWF are experts in LPAs and related capacity matters".