What is: Lasting Power of Attorney?
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people, known as ‘attorneys’, to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf if you’re in a position where you cannot. You must be 18 or over and have the mental capacity (the ability to make your own decisions) when you make your LPA. There are two different types of LPAs: Property & Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare. You can make one or both, depending on your situation and your welfare requirements. As the titles suggest, the former deals with the handling and distribution of your property and financial affairs, while the latter enables you to choose someone who you trust to make decisions about your healthcare and overall welfare, including the methods of treatment you are given.