I would like to post the following:
Lasting Powers of Attorney - death of one attorney
Some years ago my clients H and W each made both types of LPA appointing the other spouse and their two children as attorneys.
H died last year. After a discussion with me W dealt personally with most matters including notifying the OPG of her husband’s death. She sent both his LPAs to the OPG which returned them to her duly cancelled with a letter saying she need take no further action.
Several weeks later W received another letter from the OPG. This was headed with the reference numbers of all four LPAs and asked W to send hers to the OPG. I queried this and the OPG replied as follows “We have requested [W’s}] LPAs so we can mark the attorney [H] deceased on the physical LPA. This is to ensure the LPA is kept up to date.”
When dealing with the administration of the estate of someone who has a registered LPA it is my normal practice to send this to the OPG with a death certificate but I do not recall ever being asked to send the LPA of a surviving spouse who was one of the deceased’s attorneys. Is this a new practice of the OPG?