A Lasting Power of Attorney lets you appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf. It’s normally used to cover the situation when someone is unable to make their own decisions. It must be made whilst they still have capacity.
There are 2 types of Power of Attorney: (1) Health and welfare (2)Property and financial affairs. You can choose to make one type of Lasting Power of Attorney or both.
Health and welfare Lasting Power of Attorney - This allows you to choose one person or more to make decisions about things like your daily routine (eg eating and what to wear), medical care, moving into a care home, refusing life-sustaining treatment.
Property and financial affairs Lasting Power of Attorney - This lets you choose one person or more to make decisions about money and property for you, eg. paying bills, collecting benefits , selling your home.
We always advise that the Power of Attorney is registered with the Office of Public Guardian as soon as it is made.This avoids any problems with registration at a later date when you may be unable to make corrections to the document.
A more detailed but perhaps more complex analysis of the benefits of making a Power of Attorney and the procedure involved can be found on the website of the Office of Public Guardian http://www.justice.gov.uk/forms/opg/lasting-power-of-attorney.