21st Jul 2022

Why You Should Register Your LPA Now

Waiting times to register powers of attorney is now more than double the official target

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) have confirmed that they are now taking, on average, 82 days to register Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPAs) in England and Wales. The target time is 40 days.

This means it is taking on average 12 weeks to register an LPA – although our experience (and that of other practitioners) is that it is currently taking more like 20 to 25 weeks. Indeed, the OPG’s own telephone helpline suggests 20 weeks to register an LPA and its automated response to email enquiries states that, on average, it is taking 16 weeks to register LPAs following receipt of the paperwork and confirmation of payment, but in some cases, it can take up to 20 weeks.

Before the pandemic, only 1% of LPA registrations took more than 12 weeks. From 1 January 2022 to 31 May 2022, 99% of LPA registrations took more than 12 weeks.

As with many services, staff shortages are an issue. The OPG has recruited additional staff, but they need training which takes time.

LPAs can only be used when they are registered with the OPG. Our advice to anyone who has made an LPA but not registered it yet is to register it now. Once it is registered it can be kept safe until it is needed. 

Julie Jewers and Jeremy Bristow are Solicitors in Berwins' Life department. Contact our friendly team on 01423 543 102 to discuss registering LPAs now.

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