There are two types of certificate providers:
- A friend who has known you well for at least two years can act as certificate provider or
- A professional who has the necessary ability to judge your legal ability to create a lasting power of attorney can also act as certificate provider. That doesn’t just mean medical professionals (though they should be involved if others may try to set aside the LPA on the grounds that you were not mentally well enough to make it). Some Legal folk know the rules of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 better than most doctors! However, we find that probably a majority of professionals neither understand Lasting Powers of Attorney nor (perhaps wisely) don’t feel competent to act as a Lasting Power of Attorney certificate providers.
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LPA Certificate Provider – The official version!
An LPA provider must be an independent person who is able to confirm that you understand the significance of your lasting power of attorney. They must have known you well for at least two years, or have relevant professional skills to enable them to confirm that you understand the significance of your lasting power of attorney (for example, your GP or solicitor). They also need to certify that no undue pressure or fraud is involved in the making of the lasting power of attorney.
Your attorney(s) or replacement attorney(s) cannot also act as a provider.
A person to be told can act as a provider.
How many LPA Providers?
You must have at least one provider. If you decide not to have any people to
be told, you must have two providers. We do not think this is a good idea, but appreciate that sometimes it is the only way to go.