Wide disparity in fees for basic LPA form

I agree with Mr Ong Teck Wan ("Allow polyclinic doctors to issue LPAs"; Nov 15) about the exorbitant fees charged for the certification of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

I have also found that the fees vary. My husband's general practitioner (GP) charged him $90; a friend's GP charged her $50, another friend checked with her lawyer, who quoted her $120.

All these charges were for the basic LPA Form 1, which allows a person to grant general powers, subject to basic conditions or restrictions.

In the report on Oct 23 ("Draw up an LPA before it's too late"), this form was likened by an expert to a "check the box" form.

If that is the case, why are the charges so high and so varied?

It appears that we have to shop around for the best price.

The high costs may also deter most people from putting an LPA in place.

Ho Yin Kham (Madam)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 18, 2016, with the headline 'Wide disparity in fees for basic LPA form'. Print Edition | Subscribe