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Lasting Power of Attorney

Page last updated: 28 July 2020
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf.
This gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and cannot make your own decisions (you ‘lack mental capacity’).
You must be 18 or over and have mental capacity (the ability to make your own decisions) when you make your LPA.
You do not need to live in the UK or be a British citizen.
In the UK there are 2 types of LPA:
  • health and welfare
  • property and financial affairs
You can choose to appoint attorneys to one type or both.


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