What is power of attorney?
Giving one or more people power of attorney means that they can decide who is to be responsible for your property, money and personal welfare if you are no longer able to do so. For example, if you were ill, had an accident, or no longer had the mental capacity to look after your own affairs.
There are different types of power of attorney and you can set up more than one:
- ordinary power of attorney
This covers decisions about your financial affairs and is valid while you have mental capacity. It is suitable if you need cover for a temporary period (hospital stay or holiday) or if you find it hard to get out, or you want someone to act for you.
- lasting power of attorney
A lasting power of attorney covers decisions about your financial affairs, or your health and care. It comes into effect if you lose mental capacity, or if you no longer want to make decisions for yourself. You would set up a lasting power of attorney if you want to make sure you're covered in the future.
How do I make, register or end a lasting power of attorney?
If you haven't made anyone power of attorney before, visit the GOV.UK website to find out how to make a lasting power of attorney.
Last updated: 27/01/2021 17:15