A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone (called an “attorney”) to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so.
There are two types of LPAs: one for financial decisions and one for health and welfare decisions.
A health and welfare LPA gives your attorney the power to make decisions about your daily routine (such as washing, dressing, eating), your medical care, moving into a care home or life-sustaining treatment. This LPA can only be used if you lose mental capacity to make this kind of decision for yourself.
A property and financial affairs LPA can be used with your permission as soon as it is registered. It gives your attorney the power to make decisions about money and property for you, for example managing your bank account or building society account, paying your bills, collecting your benefits or pension, selling your home.