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How long will it take for my Power of Attorney to complete


How long will it take for my Power of Attorney to complete?

Despite it being a fairly demanding process, a Power of Attorney (POA) can be completed in a relatively short time. Paper applications can be made and it is possible to do everything on-line - the relevant forms can be found on the gov.uk website.

The process can still be a complicated one and it’s important not to make any mistakes on the forms, so it is always best to get professional legal advice no matter how you make the application.

Typically, it takes up to 10 weeks to register an LPA if there are no mistakes in the application. Although not required with an LPA, some donors still choose ‘people to notify’ as concerned parties. They’ll have three weeks to raise any concerns with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) but even if this is not done, the OPG still has a ‘waiting period’ during which objections can be raised before the LPA is finally registered.

The procedure is slightly different in Scotland and Power of Attorney applications north of the border should be processed within 30 working days of receiving the document. Electronic submissions can be processed more quickly than those sent by post.

In either jurisdiction, once a POA is drafted and registered, it will last indefinitely unless you decide to terminate it and it ceases to have effect on death. In that case, the stipulations you have made in your will take precedence.

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