Powers of Attorney
Staying in control
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the 'donor') choose trusted people ('attorneys') to make decisions on your behalf.
Having an LPA lets you plan what you want another person to do for you in the future, should you become incapable of making decisions about your own affairs. Your attorneys must always act in your best interests and follow any instructions you give them about making decisions.
There are two types of LPA:
Property and Financial Affairs
This LPA covers your money and property. You don't have to own your own home or have a lot of money to make this type of LPA. It can be used on your behalf, with your consent, as soon as it's registered. However, you can state that it will only be used if you don't have mental capacity.
Health and Welfare
This LPA covers your personal and health care. This type of LPA can only be used if you don't have the mental capacity to make decisions yourself.
You can use it to let your attorneys decide about your daily routine, such as what you wear and eat, moving into a care home or getting help from social services. You can also give your attorneys the power to refuse or agree to any medical treatment you may need to stay alive, if ever you are unable to make that decision. If your attorneys don't have that power, doctors would decide.
You may wish to make one or both types of LPA.