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As the government aims to raise awareness of LPAs, practitioners should think about life planning as part of their marketing plans, says Sofia Tayton

23 July 2014

I was interested to attend an Office of the Public Guardian’s panel deputy conference in Wolverhampton recently and noted a few useful points for advisers.

Alan Eccles, the public guardian, mentioned that everyone at the OPG is aware of the delays plaguing applications submitted between January and March, the feeling being that this was a blip rather than evidence of a fundamental problem. He said we should all start to see much quicker turnaround times now. I remain ever hopeful.

Eccles also said that solicitors are still binding LPAs in a formal way. This does not work well with the scanners that OPG use and the new computer systems being installed will be even less forgiving. So, please, don’t bind LPAs or put them in smart covers before they are sent for registration.

The new online tool for preparing LPAs was discussed as well. I have found it to be very go...

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