Health and Welfare LPA
The Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Care Decisions allows someone to make decisions on your behalf, if you have lost mental capacity. These might include decisions on:
This document can only be used (once registered) if you have lost mental capacity and are unlikely to make a recovery within a reasonable time.
If you are making a Lasting Power of Attorney for Financial Decisions at the same time, remember that you can choose different people for each document. You may feel more comfortable leaving your finances in the capable hands of certain family members, and the more personal decisions covered by the Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare in the hands of others.
Who can be an attorney?
Although ‘Attorney’ sounds like it has legal connotations, attorneys don’t need to be legally qualified. The majority of people making a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare simply choose family or close friends. Some examples of people that you might choose to be your attorney are:
Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare : Attorney rules
You can only appoint people as your attorneys for the Health and Care Decisions LPA – you cannot appoint a trust corporation. People under 18 cannot be your attorney.
If an attorney can no longer actAn attorney will no longer be able to act for you if they: