A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document in which someone (the donor) gives another person (the attorney) the right to help them make decisions, or take decisions on their behalf.
There are two types of LPA:
- property and financial affairs, which can be made for both personal and business reasons
- health and welfare
LPA’s let the donor choose people to look after their affairs if they lose mental capacity or develop, or think they may develop, an illness that may stop them making decisions for themselves, for example dementia or a brain injury.
The donor can make one or both types of LPA. Donors should make an LPA while they have mental capacity.
LPA’s can only be used once registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). OPG is a government body that keeps a register of LPA’s and investigates complaints against attorneys.