Alzheimer’s Society - Lasting Power of Attorney
Many people with dementia will eventually reach a point where they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves – this is known as lacking ‘mental capacity’. When this happens, someone else – often a carer or family member – will need to make decisions on their behalf.
Lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal tool that gives another adult the legal authority to make certain decisions for someone, if they become unable to make them themselves. The person who is given LPA is known as an ‘attorney’. They can manage finances, or make decisions relating to a person's health and welfare.
The information in this section is for people living in England and Wales, and isn’t intended for those living in Northern Ireland, where the laws governing powers of attorney are different.
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