Can a retired solicitor certify a copy of an LPA?

Can a retired solicitor certify a copy of a lasting power of attorney (LPA)?

A copy of a lasting power of attorney (LPA) can only be certified by:

  • a solicitor with a current practising certificate
  • a notary public, or
  • the donor (provided they have capacity)

Every page of the copy should be signed and dated. The following words must be stated at the bottom of each page:

“I certify that this is a true and complete copy of the corresponding page of the original lasting power of attorney.”

The final page should also include the words:

“I certify that this is a true and complete copy of the lasting power of attorney.”

For more information, read the government’s guidance on making, registering or ending a lasting power of attorney.

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