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Public Guardian pleased at EPOAR takeup
27 September 2012
Almost 1,400 power of attorney registration forms have been processed under the new digital system in the first three months of its operation, the Office of the Public Guardian has announced.
Since the launch on 12 June of the EPOAR (electronic power of attorney registration) facility, 1,398 submissions from 175 solicitors' firms have been successfully processed, all within a few days of receipt.
OPG said today that it was "delighted" with the feedback provided by the firms using the system, with comments in relation to its ease of use and the processing turnaround time emerging as key themes.
EPOAR involves the user inputting granter, attorney and sender data and uploading the power of attorney deed in PDF format for transmission to the OPG, paying the £70 fee by credit or debit card via a secure online payment gateway.
OPG staff will check that the deed to ensure that it meets statutory registration requirements, but do not check the input data. The granter and appropriate specified persons receive their certificates of registration and other documents in paper or electronic format as they prefer.
Click here to access the facility.