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Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance.

We also help people plan ahead for someone to make certain important decisions for them, should they become unable to do so because they lack mental capacity.

We support the Public Guardian in carrying out the legal functions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.


- taking action where there are concerns about an attorney or deputy

- registering lasting and enduring powers of attorney, so that people can choose who they want to make decisions for them

- maintaining the public register of deputies and people who have been given lasting and enduring powers of attorney

- supervising deputies appointed by the Court of Protection, and making sure they carry out their work in line with Mental Capacity Act

- looking into reports of abuse against registered attorneys or deputies

PO Box 16185 , Birmingham, B2 2WH
Umbrella org:
Ministry of Justice
Area serviced:
0300 456 0300 (Helpline)
0870 739 5780
Opening times:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9am-5pm & Wed 10am-5pm
Who is it for:
people who need help in planning power of attorney

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