Lasting Power Of Attorney Explained

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.

This gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and cannot make your own decisions (you ‘lack mental capacity’).

There are 2 types of LPA:

  • health and welfare
  • property and financial affairs

You can choose to make one type or both.

How to make a lasting power of attorney

  1. Choose your attorney (you can have more than one).

  2. Fill in the forms to appoint them as an attorney.

  3. Register your LPA with the Office of the Public Guardian (this can take up to 10 weeks).

It costs £82 to register an LPA.

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, for example washing, dressing, eating
  • medical care
  • moving into a care home
  • life-sustaining treatment

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

More information here.  We recommend sourcing a local service provider for the best outcome.

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