How to be an attorney

Detailed guides for people making property and finance or health and welfare decisions under a lasting power of attorney.


Guidance for people wanting to manage a bank account for someone else

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These leaflets are for people appointed as attorneys under a lasting power of attorney (LPA) or who are considering taking on that role.

They include things to think about before becoming an attorney and answer common questions people have while acting as an attorney. The leaflets use plenty of case studies to help attorneys make decisions.

The leaflets cover:

  • registering an LPA
  • what tasks you’ll undertake as an attorney
  • when you start acting as an attorney
  • what mental capacity means
  • how to help the donor make decisions
  • understanding best interests
  • claiming expenses as an attorney
  • stopping being an attorney
Published 21 July 2016
Last updated 26 October 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added translation
  2. Added HTML versions of these guides
  3. First published.