11 Jun 2010

Current position regarding timescales to register lasting and enduring powers of attorney

We provided an update on our current operational position on 12 May and also sent a letter to the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, the Law Society and Solicitors for the Elderly on the same date. The Public Guardian has now written to the same organisations again to provide them with information on the current position. This letter is reproduced below:

"I wrote to you on 12 May to let you know that the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is currently seeing very high volumes of applications to register Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). This has mainly been as a result of the media coverage earlier this year around Lasting Powers of Attorney and the value of planning ahead. I mentioned the impact that these volumes were having on the speed with which we are able to process applications.

Measures taken thus far have begun to bear fruit. We have already seen the processing time for LPAs come down to 13 weeks and EPA times are holding steady at 9 weeks. For LPAs, this breaks down into 5 weeks for us to carry out the initial checks and send notifications of receipt, followed by the statutory six weeks waiting period and then a further two weeks to process and despatch the final registered documents (down from three weeks in May). In practical terms, this means you may not receive any notification from this office until up to 5 weeks after making an application. Staff will often have very little by way of any useful information that they are able to provide on the progress of an individual case during this period.

I will write to you again shortly with a further update after the emergency budget with a clearer estimation of when we are likely to be fully back on track. In the meantime, the most current timescales continue to be advertised on our website but I hope you will agree that things are moving in the right direction."

Martin John

You can view a copy of the letter sent on 12 May PDF here

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