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Office of the Public Guardian

AddressPO Box 16185,
PostcodeB2 2WH
DescriptionThe Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) protects people who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance. It also helps people plan ahead so that someone can make certain important decisions for them, if they become unable to do so because they lack mental capacity.

The OPG is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice, and it works in England and Wales only. It is responsible for:

- Taking action where there are concerns about an attorney or deputy
- Registering lasting powers of attorney
- Keeping a public register of deputies and people who have been given lasting and enduring powers of attorney
- Looking into reports of abuse against registered attorneys or deputies
- Supervising deputies appointed by the Court of Protection
- Making sure deputies carry out their work in line with Mental Capacity Act

Visit the Office of the Public Guardian website.

Find out more about:

Telephone number0300 456 0300 (or textphone for deaf and hard of hearing people: 0115 934 2778)
Opening timesMonday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except Wednesday, when they open 10am to 5pm)

Record last updated: 12 October 2015