Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) – Lasting Power of Attorney
OPG works towards protecting the dignity and interests of individuals who lack mental capacity and are vulnerable. We also encourage proactive planning for the possibility of losing one’s mental capacity.
Under the Mental Capacity Act (“MCA”), one of OPG’s functions is to maintain the register of Lasting Powers of Attorney ("LPAs").
What is an LPA?
The LPA is a legal instrument which allows a person who is 21 years of age or older, to voluntarily appoint one or more persons, to act and make decisions on his behalf when he loses his mental capacity.
Under the Mental Capacity Regulations 2010, a person making an LPA must have the LPA form witnessed and certified by a certificate issuer.
Any one of the following individuals can be certificate issuers:
- registered medical practitioner accredited by the Public Guardian; or
- registered psychiatrist; or
- practising lawyer