A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document which allows you to appoint people you trust (“attorneys”) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf. If you do not make an LPA and you lose mental capacity, whether through illness or an accident, the only way someone can look after your financial affairs is to apply to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship. Please see Deputyship Orders.
There are two LPA’s, Property and Financial and Health and Welfare. LPA’s must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before they can be used by an Attorney. Please see https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney/overview