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Lasting Powers Of Attorney

Lasting Powers Of Attorney (LPA)

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document through which one person (the Donor) appoints another person (the Attorney) to make certain decisions on their behalf should there come a time when the Donor no longer has the mental capacity to do so.

There are two types of LPA:

  1. Property and Financial Affairs: This will allow an Attorney to make decisions about a Donor’s money and property, such as collecting benefits, paying bills and selling their property.
  2. Health and Welfare. This will allow an Attorney to make decisions on the Donor’s personal welfare, including whether to give or refuse consent to medical treatment and deciding where you live.

A Donor may make one type of LPA or both. And can also appoint one or more Attorneys, if they appoint more than one, they can allow their Attorneys to make decisions individually or require them to make decisions together.

If a person no longer has the mental capacity to make an LPA and another person wishes to make decisions on their behalf, then that other person should apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as a Deputy.

More information

  • Deputyship applications
  • Deprivation of Liberty Issues
  • Mental Capacity
  • Mental Health

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