Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

There are two types, a Property and Affairs LPA and a Personal Welfare LPA.

Property and Affairs LPA

This is a document allowing a person who has the mental capacity to do so to choose a person who he or she trusts to act on their behalf in connection with their property or finances. This might include paying bills and continuing to act on their behalf at a point in the future when they may lack the mental capacity to do so for themselves.

Personal Welfare LPA

This document allows a person to appoint another individual that they trust to make decisions about their welfare when they themselves are incapacitated, perhaps because they are unconscious.