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Power of Attorney


A lasting power of attorney (LPA) 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 two types of lasting power of attorney:


You can choose to make one 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.

You can contact the Office of the Public Guardian if you don’t know what you should do.

This podcast from the Alzheimers Society describes what an LPA means and when and why you should consider one.