If you are unable to collect your benefits or tax credits for any reason, you might want someone else to collect them for you. Once your PoA is registered with us it will last unless you decide to cancel it. You should also be aware that particular changes in circumstance will result in the PoA coming to an end. You will need to arrange for your own PoA documentto be drafted. This is not something we can help with as our role is to provide a registration service. Within Inverclyde there are a number of services that can assist you to plan for your future.

This booklet gives practical advice on handling someone’s personal information to help them manage their affairs, or when managing their affairs for them. If you don’t make an LPA, and later become unable to make certain decisions for yourself, there may come a time when no one can legally make those decisions for you. This can make things difficult and very drawn-out, such as paying bills or care costs, or making decisions about your future care. In Northern Ireland, the laws around powers of attorney are different.

  • In this instance, the professionals would make decisions based on what is in your ‘best interests’.
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  • If the benefits or tax credits are paid into a bank or building society account, contact the bank or building society to arrange for someone else to collect them.
  • If you have an EPA, you might also want to think about making a health and welfare LPA to cover decisions about your care and medical treatment.
  • It can take up to 20 weeks to register a lasting power of attorney.

You must make the decisions yourself – you cannot ask someone to make them for you. You do not need any legal experience to act as someone’s attorney. You can contact GOV.UK to request this guide in another format, for example large print or braille. It can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.

Lasting Power Of Attorney

Alternatively, you could keep your EPA but make and register an LPA to deal with your personal welfare in case you lose your mental capacity. You must make an LPA whilst you’re still able to make decisions for yourself. You should choose the person who you want to look after your affairs very carefully. The person you choose to look after your affairs is called an attorney. See under heading General rules about power of attorney for more information about this. Having a PoA lets you plan what you want another person to do for you in the future, should you become incapable of making decisions about your own affairs.

If you have an EPA, you might also want to think about making a health and welfare LPA to cover decisions about your care and medical treatment. You can give your health and welfare attorney the power to accept or refuse life-sustaining treatment on your behalf. You will be asked whether you wish to do this or not on the form, and you will need to state what you choose clearly.

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A property and financial affairs LPA gives your attorney the power to make decisions about your money and property. This includes managing your bank or building society accounts, paying bills, collecting your pension or benefits and, if necessary, selling your home. Before 1 October 2007, it was possible to make an enduring power of attorney to manage someone’s property or financial affairs. An EPA could be used before someone lost their mental capacity or after they lost their mental capacity once the EPA had been registered. If you’re setting up an LPA for financial decisions, your attorney must keep accounts and make sure their money is kept separate from yours. You can ask for regular details of how much is spent and how much money you have.

1.6 million older people are going without the care they need, and 2 million carers are older themselves. Here’s how, with your support, Age UK is working to be here for them. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. Don’t worry we won’t send you spam or share your email address with anyone. It can only be used when you’re unable to make your own decisions. You must be 18 or over and have mental capacity when you make your LPA.

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Needing more time to understand or communicate doesn’t mean you lack mental capacity. For example, having dementia doesn’t necessarily mean that someone is unable to make any decisions for themselves. Where someone is having difficulty communicating a decision, an attempt should always be made to overcome those difficulties and help the person decide for themselves. A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf. With a property and affairs LPA, you can allow your attorney to make decisions even if you can still make them yourself.

You can also arrange for someone to deal with your benefits or tax credits case by giving them power of attorney. If the money is paid into a post office card account and needs to be regularly collected by someone else, contact the post office and ask about arranging for someone else to collect it. Someone who regularly collects benefit for someone else is often called an agent. We can act as a professional attorney through our trust corporation, Clarke Willmott Trust Corporation Limited. When you are appointing attorneys, it is worth considering whether to appoint a trust corporation instead of, or as a replacement for, an attorney. This can avoid the costs and inconvenience of replacing an attorney if they fall ill or die.