From today, new lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms will be available from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).

The OPG has advised that the new forms for both property and financial affairs LPAs and health and welfare LPAs will be simpler and clearer.

The new forms will be available to download on the OPG website.

How have the forms changed?

The changes to the forms reflect responses to the OPG’s consultation and feedback from users who were directly involved in their development. The OPG hopes that the redesign will make the forms easier to follow and faster to complete.

Under the new forms, the requirement for a second certificate provider has been removed. However, other safeguards remain the same, such as the need for an independent witness/es and someone certifying that the donor has capacity.

The OPG has advised that the new LPA forms complement the existing online LPA service, which takes users through each page of the application step-by-step, making sure it is completed correctly before it’s printed off and submitted. They have also improved the online service to better support solicitors’ processes.

Timing for transition to the new forms

The OPG will be accepting both the old and new versions of LPA forms for the next six months. From Wednesday 1 July 2015 until Friday 1 January 2016, you can use either the old or new versions of the forms to create and register an LPA.

If an old LPA form (ie a pre-1 July 2015 form) has been completed, signed and dated correctly by Friday 1 January 2016, it can still be registered at any time provided it was made correctly.

No changes are being made to enduring powers of attorney forms at this time. These will still be able to be registered after the introduction of the new LPA forms.

Improved information to support attorneys

The OPG has developed two new leaflets offering a quick guide to getting started as an attorney.

Leaflets will be sent to attorneys along with a letter from the OPG informing them that the LPA has been registered.