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We deal with Power of Attorneys all day everyday so are used to the lingo! Hopefully this is of some use:

Lasting Power Of Attorney (LPA)
An LPA is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people to make decisions on your behalf.
Donor
This is the person that the LPA is for; the person who appoints a trusted person(s) to help make decisions on their behalf.
Attorney
This is the person(s) who has been chosen to make the decisions.
Certificate Provider
This person ensures that the donor understands what she/he is doing and hasn’t been pressured into setting up the LPA. Someone who the donor has known for at least 2 years.
Deputy
A person appointed by the Court of Protection to act on behalf of someone who lacks mental capacity. An LPA avoids the need for a deputy.
Mental Capacity
Means the ability to make a specific decision at the time it needs to be made. A person with mental capacity has at least a general understanding of the decision they need to make, why they need to make it, any information relevant to the decision and what is likely to happen when they make it. They should be able to communicate their decision through speech, signs, gestures or in other ways.
Office of Public Guardian
A wing of the Government that administers LPA’s & protects people who lack mental capacity.
Court of Protection
Make decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who can’t make decisions at the time they need to be made.

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