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How Lasting Powers of Attorney Work

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How Lasting Powers of Attorney Work

Since 2007, when the Mental Capacity Act 2005 came into force, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) have taken the place of Enduring Powers of Attorney. A power of attorney allows someone else to make decisions on your behalf if you lack the capacity to do so yourself. When setting up an LPA, you must nominate at least one attorney, but you can have more if you wish. If you do have more than one attorney, you must decide whether you want them to act together, separately, or together for some matters and separately for others. You can also, if you wish, appoint a replacement if your original choice of attorney is no longer able to act on your behalf. For instance, if, when the LPA was first registered, you appointed a sibling as attorney, you might later wish to appoint ... Read more