A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that lets someone (the ‘donor’) appoint people (known as ‘attorneys’) to make decisions on that person’s behalf.
It could be used if you became unable to make your own decisions through ill health or mental incapacity.
If you lose mental capacity, unless you’ve already set up Power of Attorney, your loved ones will need to apply through court to become ‘deputy’ – a long and expensive process.
Instead, you can nominate a trusted friend or relative before you lose capacity, by setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
You can appoint one or more representatives to act for you, and can determine how they work together to make decisions on your behalf.
There are 2 types of lasting power of attorney: