You may want to do this due to a change in your health or a change in your circumstances, such as moving abroad. You may not need someone to help you now, but you can set up a Power of attorney for the future, just in case. It’s unusual for a deputy to be appointed to deal with decisions about your health and welfare. A deputy is normally only appointed to deal with your property and finances. Yes, your attorney will need to register your EPA with the OPG if you lose mental capacity to manage your finances.

If you have assets abroad, there is no guarantee your UK lasting power of attorney will be recognised in the country where your assets are held. Even if it is, further action may be required, such as translation or the addition of an ‘apostille’ to confirm its authenticity. No matter where you are in life, Clarke Willmott is here for you. Professional attorneys are paid to act , they owe the highest duty of care and will be insured in respect of most liabilities. With this knowledge Donors should consider the role of an Attorney very carefully before deciding who to appoint. Make sure that your chosen Attorneys understand the role and are willing and capable of fulfilling the duties that they will owe.

Ordinary Power Of Attorney

It is therefore a good idea to start thinking about making an LPA as soon as you can. Any solicitor can provide advice and the Office of Care and Protection can supply general guidance. See opposite for details of how to contact or visit the Office of Care and Protection. You can grant the power at any time provided you are over 18 years of age and mentally capable of understanding what the Enduring Power of Attorney is. Alternatively, they can be asked to act together and independently which means that they can act together but may also act independently if they wish.

We provide a weekly update on our current processing times to keep you informed. Every year thousands of people in Scotland lose capacity to make decisions for themselves, this may be through an accident, head injury, stroke or as a result of an ongoing progressive illness. Without making an arrangement for a Power of Attorney no one can act on your behalf if this situation arises. This can leave you and your family, or the people looking after you if you lose capacity to make your own decisions in very difficult positions and unable to act on your behalf. If a power of attorney was created in another jurisdiction, it may not automatically be accepted in England and Wales. It is free to complete your LPA online, however your LPA cannot be used until it’s registered.

  • If you already have a PoA document, or you’re an attorney looking for more information, we have a factsheet about registering a power of attorney which might answer many of your questions.
  • Our guide on planning ahead is part of a series of nine booklets that have been written for people with dementia.
  • Making an LPA can start discussions with your family or others about what you want to happen.
  • Raise your concerns with the Office of the Public Guardian, which has responsibility for monitoring attorneys and deputies and can investigate allegations of mistreatment or fraud.

A member of our friendly Personal Law team can explain these important documents to you in more detail, and how they work in practice. They can also advise you on who to appoint, and guide your attorney on how they should act. These were the forerunner to today’s Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Government Activity

The Court of Protection can appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf. The UK government has provided some useful guidance on this process. The person making the lasting power of attorney is legally referred to as the ‘donor’. The people chosen to make decisions on your behalf are your ‘attorneys’. If you’re acting under a lasting power of attorney, there are rules about how to make a decision for a donor who has lost their mental capacity.

However, if an EPA was made before 1 October 2007, it can still be registered and, if it is already registered, it will still be valid. The attorney can say they no longer want to be an attorney – they must do this onform LPA 005 which is sent to the donor, the Office of the Public Guardian, and any other attorneys. There are notes which come with the forms which tell you exactly what to do.

You can only make a power of attorney which allows someone else to do things that you have a right to do yourself. You can only make a lasting power of attorney whilst you have mental capacity. However, drawing up an LPA is a quicker, cheaper process than applying to become a deputy.

A power of attorney gives the attorney the legal authority to deal with third parties such as banks or the local council. When someone makes a power of attorney, they appoint someone else to act on their behalf. The person making the power of attorney is called a donor and the person appointed to act on their behalf is called an attorney. If this is the case, you can ask for someone else, usually a relative but sometimes a friend or neighbour, to be made your appointee.