Lost LPA!

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I'm afraid when my parents asked me to take out LPAs for them I didn't really want to think about it too much and now that we need to put my dad's in place, I can't find the original forms.

They're registered with the Office of the legal guardian but never did anything other than put them somewhere 'safe' incase they were ever needed.

Can anyone point my in the right direction please for what to do next, do we need to start from scratch or will there be a way of getting hold of these, assuming I do need the original copies?

Any help very much appreciated, this is all way beyond me!

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  • BigglesBiggles Forumite
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    You need to talk to the Office of the Public Guardian. They can do official copies and I don't think they're too expensive.
  • alanqalanq Forumite
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    Searching the internet I have been unable to find an answer to that question which is strange as I think it would have been of wide interest.

    I can only suggest that you contact the Office of the Public Guardian for advice.

    Please let us know how you get on.
  • Jirmette1Jirmette1 Forumite
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    Thank you both.

    I phoned & they were really helpful. I need to write or email with details & why I want an office copy. It will take 2-3 weeks & cost £35.
  • alanqalanq Forumite
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    I am confused about the validity of Office Copies. I had three free Office Copies provided with the LPA for my mother but they do not bear the wording that is required on a Certified Copy so I have not tried to use them. I have allowed banks and building societies to make their own copies of the original document and HMRC accepted a Self-Certified Copy (which is valid so long as it was made while the donor still has capacity but may not be accepted by many organisations).

    I asked a solicitor about using Office Copies and she said that the Office Copies would be of no use and that I should get certified copies - but she would say that wouldn't she?

    Has anyone had experience of using Office Copies?
  • Keep_pedallingKeep_pedalling Forumite
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    alanq wrote: »
    I am confused about the validity of Office Copies. I had three free Office Copies provided with the LPA for my mother but they do not bear the wording that is required on a Certified Copy so I have not tried to use them. I have allowed banks and building societies to make their own copies of the original document and HMRC accepted a Self-Certified Copy (which is valid so long as it was made while the donor still has capacity but may not be accepted by many organisations).

    I asked a solicitor about using Office Copies and she said that the Office Copies would be of no use and that I should get certified copies - but she would say that wouldn't she?

    Has anyone had experience of using Office Copies?

    She said that because it is true,
  • alanqalanq Forumite
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    So the OP will be wasting £35?
  • BigglesBiggles Forumite
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    No, an Office Copy would be acceptable anywhere. See http://media.bloomsburyprofessional.com/rep/files/pgpa_03-marketing.pdf, para 3.13 'Evidence of Registration'.
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