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Lasting Powers of Attorney

On 1st October 2007 the Enduring Power of Attorney became the Lasting Power of Attorney, which is more powerful and has more safeguards built in.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)


A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that you make, usually with a solicitor or will writing firm. It allows you to choose someone now (the Attorney) that you trust to make decisions on your behalf about things such as your property and affairs or personal welfare at a time in the future when you no longer wish to make those decisions or you may lack the mental capacity to make those decisions yourself.


An LPA can only be used after it is registered with the Office of Public Guardian (OPG).
There are two different types of LPA:

  • A Personal Welfare LPA
  • A Property and Affairs LPA

Who can make an LPA?

Anyone aged 18 or over, with the capacity to do so, can make an LPA appointing one or more Attorneys to make decisions on their behalf. You cannot make an LPA jointly with another person; each person must make his or her own LPA.


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