Glossary: Lasting power of attorney
Refers to the legal document which allows an individual (donor) to nominate a person or people (attorneys) to make decisions on his or her behalf should they reach a state where they no longer have the mental capacity to make certain decisions. LPA can be divided into two groups: the donor’s financial wellbeing and their health and general welfare. You can choose anyone you trust to act as your attorney provided they are over 18 and not bankrupt when they sign the form and you can appoint more than one person to act and can choose whether they can act together or independently. An LPA is a powerful and important legal document and you may wish to seek advice from a legal adviser with experience of preparing them.