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A Power of Attorney allows someone to make decisions on your behalf, should there come a time when you lack mental capacity to do so yourself. Our guide on powers of attorney can help you making such decisions.
‘Mental capacity’ means being able to make decisions. They could be about everyday things like what to wear or when to pay a bill, or more important decisions like making a will and deciding where to live.
Someone can lack mental capacity because of an injury or condition, such as a car accident, stroke or dementia. Some people may have capacity to make decisions about some things but not others, or their capacity to make decisions may change from day to day.
Click the link below to get the answers to commonly-asked questions as well as practical forms about Powers of Attorney
Get your forms and answers to your questions on POA
While you have mental capacity, you can set up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to give someone the authority to make decisions on your behalf. This person is known as an attorney, while the person who makes the LPA is called the donor.
There are two types of LPA.
You could also set up an Ordinary Power of Attorney, which gives someone else the power to handle your financial affairs for you.
It's only valid while you have mental capacity to make decisions about your finances, so you can keep an eye on what the attorney is doing.
The role of attorney involves a great deal of power and responsibility, so make sure you think carefully about who you choose. You must be able to trust them to make decisions in your best interests.
Download the guide Powers of attorney (PDF 807 KB)
Download the factsheet Arranging for someone to make decisions about your finance or welfare (PDF 312 KB)
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