Errors with Schedule 1 Certificate - Please note that we are taking a more robust approach regarding the completion of the power of attorney certificate. You may find therefore that we reject your submission in order that, what may seem like minor typographical errors or inconsistencies in granter and attorney names, can be corrected. Similarly where section 3 is incomplete or where the wrong box is ticked, we will ask for this to be put right. Incomplete signatory details, including the date of certification will also be a cause for rejection. This ‘firming up’ of our checking process reflects feedback received from customers whereby external organisations and fund-holders have proved reluctant to deal with the registered power of attorney because of such errors and omissions.
Trainee Solicitors - Any powers of attorney subscribed by the granter on or after 03 April 2017 will be rejected if the signatory of the Schedule 1 certificate is a trainee solicitor. The Law Society of Scotland provided guidance to its members regarding trainee solicitors signing the prescribed certificate under sections 15, 16 and 16a of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000. The advice is that a trainee should NOT sign the certificate. Please see the frequently asked questions section of our website for more information.
Powers of attorney already registered or subscribed and awaiting registration prior to the above date will not have to be reworked.
You do not have to send a seperate registration form to us by post or via EPOAR, as the information is captured within EPOAR itself.
From 1 April 2017 the fee for the submission of a Power of Attorney will be £75, further information is available at Office of the Public Guardian Fees.
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) welcomes you to the Electronic Power of Attorney Registration (EPOAR) website. EPOAR is an electronic facility for the submission and payment of Powers of Attorney (POA) made under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000. EPOAR is not a facility for you to draft your PoA. We will check the validity of POA deeds submitted via EPOAR but will not check data input by users.