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Can a Power of Attorney be used when someone dies in UK?

Lasting Power of Attorney stops when someone dies in the UK and their Will (if one has been made) then takes effect, and the executors of the Will can then deal with the contents of the Will.

Let’s face it, nobody likes the thought of losing a loved one. During the grieving process, reporting the death to the necessary institutions, such as banks, can be difficult.  Just like the banks, the Office of the Public Guardian will need to be informed of the Donor’s death.

The chosen Attorney(s) must inform the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) that the Donor has died and provide them with the following documents:

  •  A copy of the death certificate;
  •  The original Lasting Power of Attorney document;
  •  All certified copies of the Lasting Power of Attorney document.






You can contact the OPG to inform them of the Donor’s death and they shall explain the procedure of Lasting Power of Attorney when someone dies.

Here are their contact details should you need them:

Telephone – 0300 456 0300 (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm, except Wednesdays, 10am-5pm)

Office of the Public Guardian,

PO Box 16185,


B2 2WH




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