OPG Office of the Public Guardian LPA Lasting Power of Attorney

Updated 3rd September 2014

Submitted by Andrew Parker, External Partnerships Manager OPG Office of the Public Guardian

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) helps people plan for the future and protects people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.

This includes registering lasting powers of attorney (LPAs), legal documents that allow people to choose who they want to make certain decisions on their behalf should they lose capacity. LPAs can relate to property and financial affairs or health and welfare. OPG also registers older enduring powers of attorney (EPAs). These were replaced by LPAs in 2007, but EPAs created before then can still be registered.

OPG also supports those who act for people without capacity, supervising deputies appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions on a person’s behalf. This normally happens when an attorney has not been appointed prior to capacity being lost. In addition, OPG investigates any concerns raised about the actions of registered attorneys and deputies and maintains registers of deputies, LPAs and EPAs.

To find out more about OPG and how to make an register an LPA simply visit


or contact OPG’s customer services team on 0300 456 0300 or customerservices@publicguardian.gsi.gov.uk