English assets, overseas owner - resealing foreign grants of probate in England and Wales
Sometimes it is unknown whether somebody has a registered lasting power of attorney (LPA), an enduring power of attorney (EPA) or whether they have a court appointed deputy. The Office of the Public Guardian (the OPG) has a legal duty to maintain registers of LPAs, EPAs and court orders appointing deputies.
Members of the public and organisations have been able to search the OPG registers since 2013, but the OPG recently updated the search facility so that you can now request additional information using form OPG100.
The register provides details of:
You can only search for registered LPAs, EPAs and court orders. The OPG will not be able to disclose if there are any pending registrations or court applications.
You can request additional information about the registered attorney or deputyship order that the OPG has obtained which falls outside of the above list.
You must explain on form OPG100 why this information is needed and what steps you have taken to obtain it by other means. Such requests are considered on a case by case basis; the OPG will only disclose additional information where it is reasonable and justified to do so or where there is a legal requirement.
It is free to search the OPG registers and the OPG aims to respond within 5 working days. The form can be submitted electronically.
This is a useful tool if you are in doubt about whether somebody has a registered LPA or deputyship order.
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