Putting in place a power of attorney can give you peace of mind that someone you trust is in charge of your affairs.
If you're aged 18 or older and have the mental ability to make financial, property and medical decisions for yourself, you can arrange for someone else to make these decisions for you in the future. This legal authority is called "lasting power of attorney".
The person who is given power of attorney is known as the "attorney" and must be over 18 years old. You are known as the "donor".
You can appoint just one attorney, or more than one attorney, to act:
For example, you can appoint attorneys to act jointly when making decisions over your money, but state that only one attorney should decide where you should live.
You have the right to say the attorneys must act jointly on all your affairs.
There are 2 different types of lasting power of attorney (LPA)
You can choose to make one type or both.
It's generally recommended that you set up both a personal welfare LPA and a property and financial affairs LPA at the same time.
Many people do this while reviewing or revising their will, and you may be able to use the same solicitor.
Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about things like:
It can only be used when you're unable to make your own decisions.
Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about money and property for you, for example:
It can be used as soon as it's registered, with your permission.
Find out more about power of attorney on GOV.UK.