What is a power of attorney?
DECIDE WHOM CAN ACT ON YOUR BEHALF.
As the population gets older, many of us find we need to give control of financial and legal matters to others and as more and more of us work abroad we find we need to give others the power to act on our behalf in certain matters. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows this to be done. It could, for example, allow someone to sign cheques and letters for you if you were going abroad for a while or, if you became seriously ill, your business and personal interests could be looked after by someone you trust.
1. A LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR PROPERTY AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS (LPA PFA)
This form allows you to choose someone to make decisions about how your property and financial affairs are managed, and how to spend your money. An LPA PFA can be used when you lack capacity with regard to a certain decision. It can also be used when you don't lack capacity, although it may be restricted so as to apply only where you lack capacity. It has no legal standing until it's registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.
2. A LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH AND WEALTHFARE (LPA HW)
This form allows you to choose someone to make decisions about your welfare and healthcare. It allows someone to make decisions about where you live, how you are cared for and what healthcare you receive; this can include specific decisions about treatments or more general decisions. These decisions can only be taken on your behalf when the LPA has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian and you lack the capacity to make the decisions yourself.