Planning ahead: Lasting Powers of Attorney

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Power of Attorney

Lasting Power of Attorney

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf. You must be 18 or over and have mental capacity (the ability to make your own decisions) when you make your LPA.

There are two types of Lasting Power or Attorney:

  • Finance LPA allows you to make decisions about the person’s money.
  • Welfare LPA allows you to make decisions about their care and treatment.

Health and welfare lasting power of attorney

Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about things like:

  • your daily routine, eg washing, dressing, eating
  • medical care
  • moving into a care home
  • life-sustaining treatment

It can only be used when you’re unable to make your own decisions.

Property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney

Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about money and property for you, for example:

  • managing a bank or building society account
  • paying bills
  • collecting benefits or a pension
  • selling your home

It can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.

You can choose to make one type or both.

Details on how to make a lasting power of attorney are available at www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney/overview.

Alternatively you can discuss this with a local solicitor or your local Citizens Advice or contact the Office of the Public Guardian if you need help:

 

Office of the Public Guardian

customerservices@publicguardian.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: 0300 456 0300

Create date: December 2016; Last updated March 2018