Ending your lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a process you can carry out yourself (as the donor).
But, you must have mental capacity (the ability to make your own decisions) to cancel the LPA.
There are several documents that you must send to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). This is the only way to revoke a lasting power of attorney. You would need to send (both):
- The original lasting power of attorney (LPA).
- A written statement (also called a ‘deed of revocation’).
You can use the wording below as a deed of revocation template. But, you must replace the words written in the square brackets with the relevant details.
Deed of Revocation
“This deed of revocation is made by [your name] of [your address].
1: I granted a lasting power of attorney for property and financial affairs/health and welfare (delete as appropriate) on [date you signed the lasting power of attorney] appointing [name of first attorney] of [address of first
attorney] and [name of second attorney] of [address of second attorney] to act as my attorney(s).
2: I revoke the lasting power of attorney and the authority granted by it.
Signed and delivered as a deed [your signature]
Date signed [date]
Witnessed by [signature of witness]
Full name of witness [name of witness]
Address of witness [address of witness]”
Note:You cannot end a lasting power of attorney unless you are able to make your own decisions at the time of ending it.
You can complain and report concerns about your attorney or deputy. The OPG handles cases where attorneys fail to ‘properly’ carry out their responsibilities.
Other Ways to End a Lasting Power of Attorney
There are several other ways that a lasting power of attorney can end. As a rule, an LPA will finish if the attorney dies, or:
- Becomes bankrupt or becomes the subject of a Debt Relief Order (DRO). This rule applies to a property and financial affairs attorney.
- Divorces the donor or ends the civil partnership if they are their spouse (husband, wife, or civil partner).
- Gets removed by the Court of Protection.
- Loses their mental capacity (lacks the ability to make decisions).
If the Only Attorney Dies
The lasting power of attorney (LPA) will end if your only attorney dies and there are no replacement attorneys. In this case, you would need to notify the Office of the Public Guardian and send them:
- A copy of their death certificate.
- The original lasting power of attorney and all certified copies of the LPA.
- A return address so that the OPG can return your documents.
Office of the Public Guardian
PO Box 16185
In most cases, the LPA would be able to continue providing:
- The LPA listed at least one more replacement attorney.
- There are other attorneys able and willing to act ‘jointly and severally‘. This would not be possible if they can only act ‘jointly’.
If the LPA Donor Dies
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) ends by automatic process if the donor dies. As a rule, executors or personal representatives would look after the donor’s affairs. It is not part of an
attorney’s role and responsibilities.
ALSO IN THIS SECTION
How to Make an LPA | Making and registering a lasting power of attorney for use in England and Wales.
Change a Lasting Power of Attorney | Check how to remove one of the attorneys or modify their details.