Validating a power of attorney

11-Feb-2018 12:00

Fees for creating an LPA vary, so you might want to contact a few to compare their fees and the service they offer.

All the information and advice we provide on the website is free and completely independent, as is our National Advice Line that is open 365 days a year. We are an ageing population and more people than ever are coming to us for support, which is why we need to ask for help.

You would set up an LPA if you want to make sure you're covered in the future. However, if you made and signed an EPA before 1 October 2007, it should still be valid.

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It comes into effect if you lose mental capacity, or if you no longer want to make decisions for yourself.

If you want someone to be able to act on your behalf if there comes a time when you don’t have mental capacity to make your own decisions you should consider a Lasting Power of Attorney.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a way of giving someone you trust, your attorney, the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf if you lose mental capacity at some point in the future, or if you no longer want to make decisions for yourself.

Alternatively, you can fill them in online and phone the OPG helpline if you have any issues or concerns.

If you want to use a solicitor, you'll need to pay them to complete the form for you.

It comes into effect if you lose mental capacity, or if you no longer want to make decisions for yourself.If you want someone to be able to act on your behalf if there comes a time when you don’t have mental capacity to make your own decisions you should consider a Lasting Power of Attorney.A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a way of giving someone you trust, your attorney, the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf if you lose mental capacity at some point in the future, or if you no longer want to make decisions for yourself.Alternatively, you can fill them in online and phone the OPG helpline if you have any issues or concerns.If you want to use a solicitor, you'll need to pay them to complete the form for you.There are two types of LPA: An LPA for financial decisions can be used while you still have mental capacity or you can state that you only want it to come into force if you lose capacity.