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I did the same. I made appointments at the bank, and had to take ID (passport, ultilty bill). They want a certified copy of the POA. It was quite a long process (about 30 minutes in the bank). They fill in forms, take copies of the POA and send them to some other part of the bank network. You then get notification in a few days of acceptance. I have done Barclays and Lloyd’s and the process was the same.When you make appointments with the banks to activate the POA please check what other documents you need to produce. I seem to remember I had to go twice to one bank as I didn't have correct ID with me.
I have just sent of my own POA to the OPG and was planning to self certify a copy to save my children having to do it when the times comes. So when in my bank, I asked what their policy was and they said that they only accept the original POA which they then copy for their records. As they have branches nationally I guess attorneys will manage to make an appointment. I then asked the investment company I use who are mainly online and they will accept a certified copy but only one signed by a solicitor, not self certified.Okay, you need some copies of the signed, witnessed and registered POA. Then, at the bottom of each page of a copy the person needs to certify it, this is what you mostly don;t get told but it is here: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney/certify. You don't need to pay a solicitor to do this:
Write the following text on the bottom of every page of the copy:
“I certify this is a true and complete copy of the corresponding page of the original lasting power of attorney.”
On the final page of the copy, you must also write:
“I certify this is a true and complete copy of the lasting power of attorney.”
You need to sign and date every page.
I've just been discovering that banks etc also have their own forms and requirements they need in addition. Search their website for Lasting Power of Attorney.
If you could self-certify a copy of each for each child it would be really helpful generally though - the solicitors I went to said they would do a certified copy for £5 - turned out it was £5 per page, even when I double checked with them beforehandI have just sent of my own POA to the OPG and was planning to self certify a copy to save my children having to do it when the times comes.
Same here, our solicitor holds our original copies. A certified copy should be adequate for anyone.The original copies of The Banjoman’s LPAs were held by the Solicitor and I sent/took Certified copies as needed. I cannot see any reason why a Bank needs an original, that’s what a Certified Copy is for!