A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that can allow one or more individuals make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so at the time that a decision needs to be made. 


What is Lasting Power of Attorney?

Lasting Power of Attorney in English Law was created under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and came into effect on 1 October 2007, replacing the former Enduring Powers of Attorney. 

A Lasting Power of Attorney document is usually granted to a family member or close friend so that they can help make decisions on your behalf when you are unable, for example after an accident or an illness that affects mental capacity. 

The Direct Gov website states that in order to make your LPA you must be over the age of 18 and have the mental capacity to make your own decisions.

There are two types of LPA:

  • Health and Welfare
  • Property and Affairs

You can choose to make one or both types. 

Choosing an Attorney

An attorney can be:

  • a relative,
  • a close friend,
  • a professional e.g. a solicitor
  • your husband, wife or partner

Your attorney must be over 18 and have the capacity to make their own decisions. When choosing an attorney you may want to think about how well they manage their own finances, how much you trust them to make decisions on your behalf and how happy they would be to do so. 

Read more on the Direct Gov Website by clicking here