A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document. It allows a person to choose other people to make decisions on their behalf, should they ever lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. The people chosen to make decisions on your behalf are known as attorneys. You can have more than one attorney.
There are two types of LPA in England and Wales:
- A Health and Welfare LPA – This allows your attorney (or attorneys) to make decisions about things such as treatment, care, medication and where you live.
- A Property and Financial Affairs LPA – This allows your attorney (or attorneys) to make decisions about things such as paying bills, dealing with the bank and selling your house.
Many people who choose to make an LPA will make both LPAs at the same time. But you can make just one of them if you prefer.