Ordinary Power of Attorney (‘OPA’)

This is a legal document that gives the attorney the authority to make decisions on behalf of the donor either with their consent or to take decisions on their behalf. It is possible to choose one or more people to be an attorney, but the decision then must be made whether they’ll make decisions separately or jointly.

This makes the OPA an ideal vehicle for families and friends to manage for instance the finances of an individual when they enter prison. Furthermore, the OPA can be tailored to deal with a specific area of your affairs such as financial or perhaps property.

It is common knowledge that banks for instance are notoriously ‘fickle’ about dealing with third parties, particularly family, but a well-drafted OPA will be a critical tool when your family are trying to sort out your finances. HMRC will also accept an OPA when dealing with them.

Interestingly though, GOV.UK does not provide a standard document to be used and therefore each OPA is individual.

The OPA does not need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian and can be used as soon as the donor signs it.

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See the full article that I wrote in Inside Time:

Personal Bank Account

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