An LPA allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions and act on your behalf if you lose the mental ability to make these decisions yourself in the future.
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to appoint someone you trust
to make decisions and act on your behalf if you lose the mental ability
to make these decisions yourself in the future.
You may lose capacity because of a stroke, a mental illness, or even an accident.
making an LPA, you indicate your personal choice of a trusted person(s)
who can come forward to act on your behalf if you should lose the
ability to do so yourself.
Making an LPA early therefore provides certainty and peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
Lasting Power of Attorney - also called an LPA - is a legal document.
It allows you (the ‘donor’) to appoint one or more persons to make
decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions for yourself
because of a loss of mental capacity. You are free to appoint just one
person (known as a ‘donee’) or more.
Your may select to give your donee(s) powers to decide matters about:
Your personal welfare
Your property & affairs
Both your personal welfare and property & affairs
There are two different prescribed LPA forms to cater to the needs of individuals:
LPA Form 1 is the standard version you use to grant general powers with basic restrictions to your donee(s).
LPA Form 2 is for those who have non-standard requirements and wish
to grant customised powers to donee(s). This form needs to be drafted by
Click here to download forms
donee should be someone trustworthy, reliable and competent to make
decisions for you only when you lack the mental capacity to do so for
Your donee must be at least 21 years old and must not be a bankrupt
if you are appointing him/her for property & affairs matters.
For more information about being a donee, click here for “The Mental Capacity Act: A Donee’s Guide”
To make an LPA, you must:
Be at least 21 years of age
Possess mental capacity to make your own LPA
Not be bankrupt if your appointing a property & affairs donee
Register your LPA with the Office of Public Guardian for it to be legally valid
The person you choose to be your donee(s) must agree. If they do not, you will need to find someone else who agrees.
Please visit this link to find out how you can make an LPA.
This article was last reviewed on
Monday, April 29, 2019
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