Checklist for Property and Finances Attorneys
When you’re starting out acting as an LPA attorney it’s important to know whether you have the right documents in place.
Here’s a quick Checklist for Property and Finance Attorneys
#1 Check the LPA has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian
#2 Make sure there are several certified copies of the registered LPA – you’ll need at least 4
#3 Check if there are restrictions in the LPA in case your authority has been limited by the Donor
#4 If the Donor owns property check the Land Registry Register of Title for details of mortgages and other charges
#5 If the Donor’s property is to be sold and you are a joint owner or trustee of a share of the property held in trust check whether a second trustee needs to be appointed to give a valid receipt for the sale proceeds
#6 Sign up for the Land Registry Property Alert service to get warnings of any suspicious activity relating to the Donor’s property
#7 Keep a spreadsheet of all the Donor’s savings, shares and other investments and weekly expenditure
#8 Notify the Donor’s bank of your appointment and never mix the Donor’s money with your own – ever!
#9 Notify all insurers the Donor has policies with, of your LPA authority, in case a claim becomes necessary.
#10 Contact HMRC and the DWP to advise them of your status as attorney.
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