Power of Attorney

Powers of Attorney once made correctly lets you appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf.

This can be made as long as the person granting the power has capacity and can last until the power of attorney has been lost or revoked.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

There are two types of Power of Attorneys:

health and welfare
property and financial affairs
You have the choice to make one or both types of powers of attorney.

Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney

This allows you to choose a person/persons to make decisions about matters such as:

your daily routine (eg eating and what to wear)
medical care
moving into a care home
refusing life-sustaining treatment
The lasting power of attorney can only be used when you're unable to make your own decisions.

Property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney

This allows you to choose a person/persons to make decisions about matters such as:

paying bills
collecting benefits
selling your home
You can appoint someone to look after your property and financial affairs at any time.


This is where the donor has lost capacity. An application must be made to the Court of Protection to enable you to deal with the donors affairs.


This is to do with the donors benefits. You can be appointed an official appointee and have the benefits paid into account. This is usually used by parents of disabled/vulnerable adults. However if you have deputyship of Lasting Power of Attorney this is not needed.

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