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Types of Power of Attorney

Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPOA)

This authorises another person/s to manage all or some of your financial affairs on your behalf. This can assist someone if they become incapable of managing their own affairs. Indeed the LPOA can be restricted to being effective only if that becomes the position. For it to be effective, it also needs to be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).

Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPOA)

This authorises another person/s to make decisions about your care and welfare, to include issues such as medication, treatment etc. This must also be registered with the OPG and is only effective when you are incapable of making these decisions yourself.

Ordinary Power of Attorney

This authorises another person/s to manage only your financial affairs. If you lose mental capacity it becomes inneffective. It can be used where you are abroad or otherwise unable to manage your own affairs or as a holding position whilst your LPOA is being registered.

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