Office of the Public Guardian

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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.

They 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.

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


They are responsible for:

  • 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 the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • looking into reports of abuse against registered attorneys or deputies.

Contact Details

0300 456 0300



Office of the Public Guardian, PO Box 16185, Birmingham B2 2WH

Other Info

Opening times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30am to 5pm Wednesday 10am to 5pm

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