A Lasting Power of Attorney lets you appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf.
It’s normally used when someone is unable to make their own decisions.
There are 2 types:
- health and welfare
- property and financial affairs
You can choose to make one type of Lasting Power of Attorney or both.
Health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
This allows you to choose 1 person or more to make decisions about things like:
- your daily routine (eg eating and what to wear)
- medical care
- moving into a care home
- refusing life-sustaining treatment
This Lasting Power of Attorney can only be used once someone is unable to make their own decisions.
Property and financial affairs Lasting Power of Attorney
This lets you choose 1 person or more to make decisions about money and property for you, eg:
- paying bills
- collecting benefits
- selling your home
You can appoint someone to look after your property and financial affairs at any time.