The LPA is just registered and I have begun the process of stopping all the stuff being delivered that mum has been ordering – over £800 a month. But she is absolutely livid about the registration and is going to phone Office of Public Guardian and complain (they sent her registration notification with their phone number). She is 'disgusted' that this has been done behind her back. Of course it wasn't, she agreed to it and I was very careful to make sure she actually knew and understood – as did the certificate provider and of course the OPG wrote to her as well at the time. However, she remembers nothing. I have been subject to hours of venom when she was almost spitting with rage. I am interfering, need to mind my own business, who do I think I am trying to run her life and how dare I tell her what to do etc. etc. She says she was ill but is better now and everyone knows there is nothing wrong with her. All this from someone who had just told me she has £5 but meant £50, then indicated her will wasn't valid until I signed it, and that her missing money had been hidden by children.
I suppose if she does phone they will send her a form to complete or she will need to put something in writing so I should be not unduly bothered because she will not understand and ask me to do it! They may not even get her address from her as in her mini mental test she always gets it wrong. In a way, I wish I'd gone to solicitor now as all this is falling on my shoulders as I am sole attorney (my brother having disappeared over the horizon at mention of joint attorneyship), and I suppose it could look a bit dodgy or something. However, I'm pretty sure gp or consultant would confirm with medical evidence. But there is no formal diagnosis yet as mum is due for neuro psychological testing having had scan which did not show anything too untoward for her age – she's 92.
I have read somewhere that the attorney does not need medical evidence if lacking capacity is apparent (as it clearly is) and I have masses of evidence to show she has no idea what she is doing with her finances and is vulnerable to scams and being taken advantage of, so I think it will all be ok. Just looking for a bit of reassurance, I think!