What Is An LPA?
This is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more persons to make decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. You can choose more than just one person to be your “donee”. The person you choose can make decisions on your personal welfare, your property and affairs, or both.
Choosing Your Donee(s)
Your donee should be someone trustworthy, reliable and competent to make decisions for you only when you lack the mental capacity to do so for yourself Your donee must be at least 21 years old, and must not be a bankrupt if you are appointing him/her for property and affairs matters. More information about being a done can be found in “The Mental Capacity Act: A Donee’s Guide
Making An LPA
To make an LPA, you must:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Possess mental capacity to make your own LPA
- Not be bankrupt if you are appointing a property and affairs donee
- Register your LPA with the Office of Public Guardian for it to be legally valid
The person you choose must also agree to be your donee.
How To Apply
There are two different prescribed LPA forms. LPA Form 1 is the standard version. You use it to give your donee general powers with basic restrictions. LPA Form 2 is for those who have unique requirements and want to give specific powers to donee(s). This form needs to be drafted by a lawyer.
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