If you are currently working on creating a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) document in Singapore, you may be up to the step where you are asked to find a certificate issuer to witness and certify your LPA documents.
The Office of Public Guardian is the Singapore Government agency is managing the process and have asked that you have the LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) Form to be:
Witnessed and certified by an LPA certificate issuer.
Any one of the following professionals in Singapore can be the certificate issuer for your LPA:
A) a medical practitioner accredited by the Public Guardian;
B) a practising lawyer*; or
C) a registered psychiatrist
So Where to Find a LPA Certificate Issuer in Singapore?
The Office of Public Guardian has a list of accredited list of these
medical practitioners, lawyers and/or psychiatrists that you can work with. You can choose any one of these professionals depending on your situation and the complexity of your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) needs that you are establishing.
Here are the list of professionals that you can engage with from the Office of Public Guardian.
- List of accredited GPs - https://www.msf.gov.sg/opg/AnalyticsReports/List_of_Accredited_GPs.pdf
- Top 10 frequently visited Certificate Issuers - https://www.msf.gov.sg/opg/AnalyticsReports/Top_10_frequently_visited_Certificate_Issuers_final.pdf
- Directory of Lawyers - https://eservices.mlaw.gov.sg/lsra/search-lawyer-or-law-firm
- Directory of Psychiatrists - https://www.msf.gov.sg/opg/Pages/The-LPA-Instructions.aspx
Please check for the most up-to-date listings from the Office of Public Guardian's "Where to find a Certificate Issuer" webpage.
List of medical practitioners with LPA Certificate Issuer authorisation in Singapore
Here is a sample list of the medical practitioners based on the latest list from the Office of Public Guardian (dated as 1st December 2020).
For the most up to date list, please go to List of accredited GPs - https://www.msf.gov.sg/opg/AnalyticsReports/List_of_Accredited_GPs.pdf.
What is the LPA Certificate Issuer authorisation in Singapore
Here's a good video made by them on, "Why Should You Make An LPA?".
If I have already made a Will, do I still need an LPA?The LPA and Will are two separate legal documents.
- An LPA allows a person (‘donor’) to appoint one or more donees to make decisions and act on his behalf if he should lose mental capacity one day. The LPA will be cancelled upon the death of the donor.
- A Will is to provide for the administration and distribution of what he owns (‘his estate’) among his beneficiaries after his death.
You can read more FAQ and details from Office of Public Guardian - https://www.msf.gov.sg/opg/Pages/FAQQuestion.aspx.
I hope this helps you!