The New Digital LPA is Out. Here's What You Need to Know.
Starting Nov. 14, 2022, individuals will need to make their Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), a legal document that gives people powers to make decisions for you if you lose mental capacity, online through the Office of Public Guardian Online (OPGO) portal.
The new system uses Singpass to log in and sign off, which means the convenience of having personal details prefilled for you and your donees (the people whom you are giving powers to make decisions for you). You can view the LPA online anytime and share your LPA with people you trust. If you lose your mental capacity, your donees can also share your LPA with third party agencies to facilitate transactions on your behalf.
The downside of the new system? Your donees need to have Singpass. Without it, it's back to hard copy applications, which may be accepted under exceptional circumstances and subjected to the Public Guardian's approval.
Key thing to note: While the application process has been made easier, the certification process - where a certificate issuer (CI) ensures that you have mental capacity, understands the powers that you are giving and not undue influence - can vary. Some CIs require donees to be present during signing while others don't, according to Immortalize database.
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