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Lasting Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets the ‘donor’ (the adult) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help the donor make decisions or make decisions on their behalf. It gives the donor more control over what happens to them if, for example, they have an accident or an illness and cannot make decisions at the time they need to be made (that is, they lack mental capacity). There are two types of LPA: health and welfare and property and financial affairs; donors can choose to make one type or both. See Court of Protection information.