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Before a 'Lasting power of attorney' can be used, it will need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) by completing a form known as 'LPA 2 - Application to register a lasting power of attorney'. Applications can be completed by either the donor or the attorney and separate applications are required for a 'Lasting power of attorney – property and financial affairs' and a 'Lasting power of attorney – health and welfare'.
However, before an LPA can be registered, all the people (if any) named as 'people to be told' of the intention to register the document must be notified using an 'LPA 1 - Notice of intention to register an LPA'. These people then have five weeks from the date of receipt in which to object to the registration.
Only once the 'people to be told' have been notified of the intention to register the LPA, should the 'LPA 2 - Application to register a lasting power of attorney' be completed and submitted to the OPG. The OPG will send notice to the donor and any non-applying co-attorneys (if the attorney(s) are registering) or to the attorneys (if the donor is registering) to inform them of the intention to register. In both instances, they will be given the opportunity to object to the registration.
If there are no objections to the application, then the registered copy will be sent to the applicant after a prescribed six-week waiting period has lapsed.