Is your Lasting Power of Attorney up to date and accurate?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can provide considerable peace of mind to you and your family when it comes to ensuring your financial and health affairs are managed effectively should you lose the capacity to make decisions for yourself.

Considering the importance of these documents, it is worrying to learn that nearly 130,000 LPA applications were rejected over the last five years due to mistakes.

New data acquired by wealth managers, Quilter, via a Freedom of Information (FOI) show that in the last year alone 29,000 applications were rejected.

In 2022, there were a total of 777,741 registered applications for LPAs. This is an eight per cent decrease compared to the pre-pandemic period in 2019 when 842,778 applications were registered, according to the Office for Public Guardian (OPG) which provided the FOI data.

It’s worth noting that there has been an improvement since 2020 and 2021, when the number of registered LPAs was 22 per cent and 16 per cent lower, respectively.

Looking further into the FOI data provided by the OPG, the study found that, on average, it took 91.5 working days to register and process an LPA application during the 2022-23 period.

However, the shortest processing time was 20 days, which was reserved for highly urgent cases. Meanwhile, the longest processing time recorded was 983 days!

Why are LPAs commonly rejected?

The OPG can reject an LPA on several different grounds, but here are the most common reasons:

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