Creating a Power of Attorney for myself and my wife without a solicitor-please read

Hi All, I hope I have posted in correct section!

Have not posted for quite a while but, have been watching Martins shows before Xmas and always listen to Martin on his Radio 5Live spot.

Have been toying with getting this done for about 3 years, but now need to sort!. My parents did their POAs last year and I was involved with the paperwork. I have been doing research on how to complete them and the pitfulls etc. I was abit shocked at the cost I was quoted by my parents solicitors for them to do mine and my wifes coupled with the cost of registering them also. 

I am looking at going it alone and completing the forms myself the basis of our POA's are myself and my wife Finance/Health for both of us so x4 x2 Attorneys our daughter and son. No other special conditions/or instructions.

I wish to ask the following questions:

1/ Can I use a registered Nurse as my certificate provider?

2/ Can the Registered Nurse (Certificate Provider) witness our signatures (Donors) and (Attorneys) our daughter and son?

3/ When I post back the forms (x92) to the Office of Public Guardian do I enclose the cheque in with the paperwork?

4/ Should I send the paperwork recorded delivery/registered post?

5/ As I am not involving a Solicitor (like my parents) is it ok to use me (Donor) to receive contact/emails etc from Office of Public Guardian to say yes it been registered and receive access codes to view POA's online and give these codes to the Attorneys.?

I appreciate its alot of questions to ask but the more I read about POA's the more mine fields I seem to find. Any pointers or help would be welcomed!.

Kind Regards

Jason 

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  • Flugelhorn
    Flugelhorn Posts: 5,423
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    you can use anyone for certificate provider :smile:

    There are two types of certificate provider:

    • a ‘knowledge-based’ provider – someone who has known the donor personally for at least two years, such as a friend, neighbour, colleague or former colleague
    • a ‘skills-based’ provider with relevant professional skills – such as the donor’s GP, a healthcare professional or a solicitor, who can show relevant expertise in determining mental capacity
    TBH as a "skills based provider" I used to suggest that people just went for a friend or colleague to do it - a skills based provider would be expected to have more experience about assessing capacity and hence may be more open to challenges in the future should anyone wish to do so 
  • Marcon
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    jnielow said:
    Hi All, I hope I have posted in correct section!

    Have not posted for quite a while but, have been watching Martins shows before Xmas and always listen to Martin on his Radio 5Live spot.

    Have been toying with getting this done for about 3 years, but now need to sort!. My parents did their POAs last year and I was involved with the paperwork. I have been doing research on how to complete them and the pitfulls etc. I was abit shocked at the cost I was quoted by my parents solicitors for them to do mine and my wifes coupled with the cost of registering them also. 

    I am looking at going it alone and completing the forms myself the basis of our POA's are myself and my wife Finance/Health for both of us so x4 x2 Attorneys our daughter and son. No other special conditions/or instructions.

    I wish to ask the following questions:

    1/ Can I use a registered Nurse as my certificate provider?

    2/ Can the Registered Nurse (Certificate Provider) witness our signatures (Donors) and (Attorneys) our daughter and son?

    3/ When I post back the forms (x92) to the Office of Public Guardian do I enclose the cheque in with the paperwork?

    4/ Should I send the paperwork recorded delivery/registered post?

    5/ As I am not involving a Solicitor (like my parents) is it ok to use me (Donor) to receive contact/emails etc from Office of Public Guardian to say yes it been registered and receive access codes to view POA's online and give these codes to the Attorneys.?

    I appreciate its alot of questions to ask but the more I read about POA's the more mine fields I seem to find. Any pointers or help would be welcomed!.

    Kind Regards

    Jason 
    There's plenty of simple guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney/make-lasting-power

    It should answer all your questions (eg 3. 'You can pay your application fee by card online or send a cheque with your LPA to OPG').
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • jnielow
    jnielow Posts: 54
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    Thanks for the Information guys!
  • Surfbabe
    Surfbabe Posts: 2,281
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    We've just done ours online - it didn't take too long and like you we were appointing each other and our two children. It took longer to print the documents off (4 x 22 pages) and get them signed than it did to fill them in !

    Paid online and then sent signed documents by signed for post last week.
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