A new service was launched recently by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). The government website explains that this will provide a faster service:
‘…the current paper-based process can take weeks, as documents need to be requested and confirmed between organisations and individuals, before being posted as physical copies. The new system will allow those acting as an attorney to provide a secure code, which when submitted to the online portal will nearly instantaneously confirm their status as an attorney and the power they hold – authorising them to take actions on their loved ones’ behalf.’
The benefits also include an online tool which will ‘….enable attorneys to contact banks and healthcare providers easier’.