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Our Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors discuss the delays faced by the OPG registering LPAs and how this could affect you. Read to find out more. 
According to an update published by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), they are currently facing delays in dealing with the registration of Lasting Power of Attorney documents. They state the reasons for the backlog being due to staff working from home and adherence to social distancing guidelines. The OPG had implemented new tools to assist working from home, however, following lockdown restrictions easing, they have experienced an increase in applications, resulting in further delays. Their update went onto say: “While we’re working to process applications as quickly as possible, please allow up to 15 working weeks from receipt of your LPA for applications to be registered”. 

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For many, the update will not have any bearing. However, for others who perhaps have an urgent need for their registered Lasting Power of Attorney documents, it could cause some inconvenience. Earlier in the update, the Office of the Public Guardian point out that they believe Lasting Powers of Attorney should be registered in advance of them being needed, which will mean that your Attorneys will have this document available when they need to use it, or when you direct them to use it. 
 
You can read their full update, here
 
Whilst the news can be frustrating for some people, at MG Legal, many of our clients instruct us to assist them with putting Lasting Powers of Attorney in place before they are urgently needed. This means that the documents are registered and ready to use if and when our clients need. In the cases where our clients need them as soon as possible, we ensure that we deal with our role as quickly and efficiently as possible, meaning that, despite the current delays with the registration period, our clients aren’t seeing any additional delays from our expert team of Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors near you. 
 
In the cases where our clients need them as soon as possible, we ensure that we deal with our role as quickly and efficiently as possible, meaning that, despite the current delays with the registration period, our clients aren’t seeing any additional delays from our expert team of Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors near you. 

Are MG Legal Lasting Powers of Attorney Solicitors near me? 

Yes, if you live in Lancashire, you will be able to find our offices in Garstang, Lancaster and Longridge. If you live a little further afield, we may still be able to assist; contact us to find out how we can help. If you are unable to visit our offices, contact us to discuss whether we can accommodate a home visit. At MG Legal, we will do our best to assist, so give us a call today to find out how we can help you make Lasting Powers of Attorney. 

How much do Lasting Powers of Attorney cost? 

At MG Legal, we pride ourselves on our affordable fixed-fees. To make either a Lasting Power of Attorney Financial Decisions or Health and Care Decisions, our legal fees are just £250 plus VAT*. To make both Lasting Powers of Attorney (Financial Decisions & Health and Care Decisions), our legal fees are just £400 plus VAT*. 
 
The Office of the Public Guardian charges a separate registration fee per document of up to £82. They do offer a reduced fee of £41 if your annual income is less than £12,000, or a full fee exemption if you are in receipt of certain means-tested benefits/financial assistance*. Our expert team can assist you with the application for a fee reduction or remission at no extra charge. 
 
*Information published correct at time of posting. 

How can I instruct MG Legal to make Lasting Powers of Attorney? 

Our expert team of Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors near to you are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and can be contacted at your local office (Garstang, Lancaster or Longridge), or via email to enquiries@mglegal.co.uk. Alternatively, contact us online, here. 
 
For enquiries outside of these hours, email enquiries@mglegal.co.uk and a member of the team will respond to you as soon as possible. 
 
So, if you have found yourself Googling “Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors near me” and you need help registering and making the documents, contact our expert team online today for a prompt call back to discuss your legal matter. 
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