Important changes to lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms and the LPA digital service came into force at the beginning of this year.
On 1 July 2015, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) introduced simpler and clearer LPA forms for both property and financial affairs LPAs and health and welfare LPAs.
Old and new versions of LPA forms were accepted last year but, as of 1 January 2016, the new forms must be used: those using old forms will not be able to register them.
Similarly, LPA applications made on the LPA digital service before 1 July 2015 will as of 1 January 2016 be deleted and the application process will need to be started again.
The OPG is not changing enduring power of attorney (EPA) forms at present.
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