Power of attorney

What is power of attorney?

Giving one or more people power of attorney means that they can decide who is to be responsible for your property, money and personal welfare if you are no longer able to do so. For example, if you were ill, had an accident, or no longer had the mental capacity to look after your own affairs.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA):

  • Personal Welfare – one or more people who can make decisions on your behalf regarding your personal healthcare and welfare.
  • Property and Affairs – one or more people who can make decisions on your behalf regarding your property and financial affairs. This could include paying your bills, collecting your benefits or selling your house.

Where do I begin if I want to arrange an LPA?

If you haven't made anyone power of attorney before, you can find out how to make a Lasting Power of Attorney