You can help make decisions about someone’s money and health or make decisions on someone’s behalf if they appointed you as their attorney. The person who appoints you is called the ‘donor’.
If you were appointed before October 2007, read the guidance on enduring power of attorneys (EPAs).
Before you can use the lasting power
Acting as an attorney
There are 2 types of LPA. Your responsibilities depend on whether you’re the donor’s:
Any decision you make on the donor’s behalf must be in their best interests.
You won’t be paid for acting as an attorney unless the donor has said in their LPA that they will pay you a fee.
Stop being an attorney
You can decide to stop being an attorney.
The LPA will end if the donor cancels it or they die.
You may be investigated if there’s a complaint against you. The Office of the Public Guardian can apply to the Court of Protection to have you removed.