A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document that allows an attorney (usually a relative or close trusted friend) to act on your behalf in the event that you lose (temporarily or permanently) the mental capacity to make your own decisions.
There are two types:
- Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney and
- Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney
Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney allows your attorney to make decisions about your health and personal welfare when you are unable to do this for yourself. Your attorney will only be able to make decisions for you once the Lasting Power of Attorney is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), and only when you (the Donor) no longer have the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself. No one can make decisions about someone’s welfare while they have the ability (mental capacity) to do this for themselves.
Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney
This gives your attorney the power to look after and make decisions regarding your property and financial affairs.G