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Enduring Power of Attorney

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I have a registered enduring power of attorney. I am concerned it may get lost if I have to send it to an organisation in the post. Do you know if the Office of Public Guardian will send me a duplicate if this is the case?



Currently I am too worried it will get lost and therefore very loathed to let it go out of my sight.


Thanks for your help
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  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    Why don't you pay a solicitor to photocopy it a few times and certify them as being a true copy?

    That way you get to keep the original.
  • msb5262msb5262 Forumite
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    Not directly related to this specific question but I think they are now called Lasting Power of Attorney - the Enduring version actually didn’t endure and has been superseded by the Lasting one...you might want to check that what you have is still legally valid.
  • MojisolaMojisola Forumite
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    msb5262 wrote: »
    Not directly related to this specific question but I think they are now called Lasting Power of Attorney - the Enduring version actually didn’t endure and has been superseded by the Lasting one...you might want to check that what you have is still legally valid.

    It is. ..................
  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    Yes, EPAs are still valid, hence the rush for people to do them before LPAs came in and costs increased.
  • greyteam1959greyteam1959 Forumite
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    Will most organisations not accept a scanned emailed copy of the EPA ??
    I never send documents like this by post these days.
  • Keep_pedallingKeep_pedalling Forumite
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    Yes, EPAs are still valid, hence the rush for people to do them before LPAs came in and costs increased.

    I don’t think cost did increase, it certainly costs the same to register an EPA or LPA today.

    The main difference is that an LPA should be registered from the outset, an EPA only when mental capacity is lost.
  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    I don’t think cost did increase, it certainly costs the same to register an EPA or LPA today.

    The main difference is that an LPA should be registered from the outset, an EPA only when mental capacity is lost.

    My firm were doing EPAs and a simple will for £150 as the form took minutes to fill in.

    LPAs still don't need to be registered immediately.
  • Keep_pedallingKeep_pedalling Forumite
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    My firm were doing EPAs and a simple will for £150 as the form took minutes to fill in.

    LPAs still don't need to be registered immediately.

    I see, no change in DIY costs but a big increase having a professional do it.

    I realise that it is possible to not register an LPA immediately but it is silly not to do so which is why I used the term should rather than must.
  • PrimrosePrimrose Forumite
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    I'm another one recommending you get a solicitor to make coveralls ohotoxopied certified copies. I learnt the lesson the hard way, Even if yiu send the original by registered post or recorded delivery, there will be some careless person at a bank or other financial institution who will I staple it and leave the last page of the document in a photocopier.

    Had this happen to me at a bank and it was a good job I checked the document immediately it was handed back to me otherwise it would,probably have been lost for ever. But you can only check this if you,'re dealing with a query or validation in person so get certified copies and keep the original firmly under lock and key !
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  • mrschaucermrschaucer Forumite
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    You don't need a solicitor to make the certified copies of LPAs:
    https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney/certify
    A laborious process, but definitely doable.
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