A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint people (known as ‘attorneys’) to make decisions on your behalf.
It could be used if you became unable to make your own decisions.
There are 2 types of lasting power of attorney:
- health and welfare
- property and financial affairs
You can choose to make 1 type or both.
You must be 18 or over and have mental capacity – the ability to make your own decisions – when you make your lasting power of attorney.
You may need a court-appointed deputy instead if you’re not able to make your own decisions.
Contact the Office of the Public Guardian if you don’t know what you should do.
Health and welfare lasting power of attorney
This allows you to choose 1 person or more to make decisions about things like:
- your daily routine (eg eating and what to wear)
- medical care
- moving into a care home
- life-sustaining treatment
This type of lasting power of attorney can only be used when you’re unable to make your own decisions.
Property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney
This lets you choose 1 person or more to make decisions about money and property for you, eg:
- paying bills
- collecting benefits
- selling your home
This type of lasting power of attorney can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.