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What are the benefits of a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney can help you plan how your health, wellbeing and financial affairs will be looked after. It allows you to plan in advance:

  • The decisions you want to be made on your behalf if you lose capacity to make them yourself.
  • The people you want to make these decisions.
  • How you want the people to make these decisions.

Having a Lasting Power of Attorney is a safe way of maintaining control over decisions made for you because:

  • It has to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used.
  • You choose someone to provide a ‘certificate’, which means they confirm that you understand the significance and purpose of what you’re agreeing to.
  • You can choose who gets told about your Lasting Power of Attorney when it is registered (so they have an opportunity to raise concerns).
  • Your signature and the signatures of your chosen attorneys must be witnessed.
  • Your attorney(s) must follow the Code of Practice of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and act in your best interests.
  • The Office of the Public Guardian provides helpful support and advice.
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