What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
It is a document that a person (the Donor) signs whilst they have mental capacity to make decisions for themselves, in which they can appoint Attorneys to act for them in either all or certain aspects of their property and affairs, or their health and welfare. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:
1: Property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney (PFALPA)
– a document that enables you to appoint people of your choice to look after your financial affairs in the event of mental incapacity, perhaps due to old age, illness or accident.
2: Health and welfare lasting power of attorney (HWLPA)
– a document which enables you to appoint people of your choice to deal with your personal and medical affairs, rather than your financial affairs, if you are unable to manage them yourself.
Once the document is signed and completed it must be registered with the Court of Protection (CoP) through The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to be fully enforceable. Once registered, the powers given within the document will continue throughout the incapacity of the Donor.