Lasting Power of Attorney documents – lost documents questions
A few years ago, I helped my mother compile both her health and welfare & property and financial affairs Power of Attorney documents. These were completed OK and returned to her. Unfortunately she has lost them.
I have contacted the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and requested official duplicates. They have told me they can provide an "Office Copy" for 35.00 each.
I would have thought that I would require a “Certified Copy”. Reading various pages on the OPG website, I found the following:
You can confirm that a copy of your lasting power of attorney (LPA) is genuine by ‘certifying’ it if you’re still able to make your own decisions.
You or your attorney can use a certified copy to register your LPA if you do not have the original form.
It goes on. Under the heading “How to certify a copy”
Write the following text on the bottom of every page of the copy:
“I certify this is a true and complete copy of the corresponding page of the original lasting power of attorney.”
On the final page of the copy, you must also write:
“I certify this is a true and complete copy of the lasting power of attorney.”
You need to sign and date every page.
So if I’m reading this correctly, I first obtain one of their office copies, I then get my mother to write “I certify this is a true and complete copy of the corresponding page of the original lasting power of attorney.” on every page, and then sign and date each page. And then finish with “I certify this is a true and complete copy of the lasting power of attorney.” on the last page.
Well, that’s a lot of writing for an 86 year old woman. Has anyone been down this road before?
And a thought: if I was to write the ““I certify …. lasting power of attorney.” bit myself and just get my mother to sign and date each sheet, thoughts on whether this would be acceptable?
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