Power of attorney

Arranging for someone to make decisions about your finance or welfare

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 two types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA):

  • Personal Welfare – one or more people who can make decisions on your behalf regarding your personal healthcare and welfare.
  • Property and Affairs – one or more people who can make decisions on your behalf regarding your property and financial affairs. This could include paying your bills, collecting your benefits or selling your house.

Where do I begin if I want to arrange an LPA?

If you haven't made anyone power of attorney before, you now arrange it using the LPA system.

You can contact the following organisations for information and advice: GOV.UK - for information and advice about LPAs; Citizens Advice Bureau - for guidance about managing affairs for someone else; Age UK Bromley& Greenwich - for information and advice regarding the legal issues about being a Power of Attorney; Age UK - for information and advice about managing your finances in later life.

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