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Find out in this leaflet about making a lasting power of attorney (LPA), a legal document that allows someone you trust to make decisions for you if you are not able to.
LPAs aren’t just a way to plan for the future if you lose mental capacity through dementia. Other people create LPAs in case a severe accident, or illnesses such as a stroke, heart attack or cancer, leave them dependent on others to help with crucial decisions.
Parents with children also make an LPA to ensure their offspring are looked after in the way they want in case they can’t look after them themselves.
The Office of the Public Guardian’s online lasting power of attorney service is designed to make it easy for everybody to create an LPA.
The leaflet includes advice on:
who might need an LPA
how LPAs work
who you can choose to make decisions for you
what costs are involved
what might happen if you don’t make an LPA
Find out more about what’s involved in being someone’s attorney on the acting as an attorney page on GOV.UK.
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