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Lasting Power of Attorney

A lasting power of attorney 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 can’t make your own decisions.

You must be 18 or over and have the ability to make your own decisions when you make your lasting power of attorney.

There are 2 types :

Property & Financial Affairs

Give an attorney the power to make decisions about money and property for you, for example managing a bank or building society account, paying bills, collecting benefits or a pension, or selling your home. It can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.

Health & Welfare

Give an attorney the power to make decisions about things like your daily routine (eg.washing, dressing and eating), medical care, moving into a care home and life-sustaining treatment. It can only be used when you’re unable to make your own decisions.

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