There are several reasons to authorise a signed power of attorney (LPA) to another person. Find out how to make and register a lasting power of attorney for use in the United Kingdom.
In the simplest of terms, a lasting power of attorney is a legal document.
The use of an LPA allows a 'donor' to appoint one or more 'attorneys' to make, or help them make, decisions.
Lasting power of attorney (LPA) provides a greater degree of control over future situations and circumstances.
For example, an accident or an illness may mean you 'lack mental capacity' and become unable to make your own decisions.
Two types of LPA replaced the enduring power of attorney (EPA) in 2007:
You do not need to have British citizenship to make and register a lasting power of attorney. Nor do you need to be living or resident in the United Kingdom.
The donor must be at least 18 years old to make an LPA, but you can make either type (or both). You must have mental capacity at the time you make the LPA (able to make your own decisions).
Note: The person who appoints an attorney is a 'donor'. The 'attorney' is a person appointed to act on behalf of the donor. The process of making a lasting power of attorney differs in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.
Note: The cost to register an LPA is £82 unless you qualify for an exemption or a remission. You will be able to cancel the LPA if you want to make a new LPA or you no longer need it.
Making this type of LPA would give your attorney the power to make decisions on things related to:
Note: A health and welfare attorney would only be able to make decisions on your behalf if you were unable to make them yourself.
Making this type of LPA would give your attorney the power to make decisions on things related to your money and property, such as:
Note: With your permission, a property and financial affairs attorney would be able to make decisions straight after registering the LPA.
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has several roles in England and Wales. They protect people who lack the mental capacity to make major decisions for themselves.
You can contact the OPG if you need some help deciding whether you should make a lasting power of attorney.
Office of the Public Guardian
Telephone: 0300 456 0300
Textphone: 0115 934 2778
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
Cost of making phone calls in the UK.
There are several key issues to consider when choosing an attorney for a lasting power of attorney. Find out who you can choose to be your attorney and what happens if you appoint two or more attorneys.
You can choose to make a lasting power of attorney online or you can use the paper form. Find out how to make an LPA online, which forms to sign, and where to get expert help.
You need to register a lasting power of attorney for the attorney to make decisions on your behalf. Check how to notify 'people to be told' and the current cost of registering an LPA.
You may need to confirm that a copy of the LPA is a genuine one. You can do this by certifying a copy of a lasting power of attorney - providing you have mental capacity.
There are ways to change a lasting power of attorney even after registering it. Find out how to remove one of the attorneys, modify their details, or makes changes if one of the attorneys dies.
The donor can end a lasting power of attorney at any time. Check how to use a deed of revocation, other ways an LPA can end, and what happens if the only attorney dies or you die.
How to Make a Lasting Power of Attorney in United Kingdom