What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people 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 can’t make your own decisions (when you lack ‘mental capacity’).
Managing a bank or building society account
Collecting benefits or a pension
Selling your home
Useful information to know before making an application:
The 'Donor' is the person appointing other people to make decisions on their behalf. The donor must be 18 or over and must be able to make their own decisions at the time their LPA is made - this is know as having mental capacity.
Attorneys are people the donor appoints to make decisions on their behalf. A donor can have 1 or more attorneys; they must be 18 or over, have mental capacity to make decisions and must not be bankrupt or subject to a debt relief order.
Every LPA must have a certificate provider. The certificate provider is an impartial person who helps to protect the donor's interests. The certificate provider should discuss the LPA with the donor make sure the donor understands their LPA and that no one is putting the donor under pressure to make the LPA. The certificate provider must also be 18 or over, have mental capacity and have known the donor personally for at least 2 years, or have relevant professional skills and expertise (for example, the donor's GP or solicitor).