Power of Attorney
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A guide to why you might want one
There may come a time when you no longer want or are able to make financial or other decisions for yourself. A Power of Attorney (POA) enables you to give one or more trusted friends or family members the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf. The POA lists all the specific powers you wish these people (your attorneys) to have.
You can navigate through the guide using the table of contents, or if you'd like to read the guide end-to-end in full, you can download the PDF.
You can either pay a solicitor to fill in the forms for you, complete the forms online yourself, download the forms and complete them by hand or ask for the forms to be sent to you by post by phoning 0300 456 0300.
An LPA can only be used once it’s been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. The donor or attorneys can apply to register the LPA (if the attorneys apply to register it, the donor will be notified and can object if they want to).
You have to pay a fee to register each LPA application unless you receive certain state benefits or are on a low income (below £12,000). If you think you may be entitled to a fee reduction or waiver you’ll need to complete form LPA120A.
It currently takes 8 to 10 weeks for the registration process to take place providing no mistakes are made on the form.
Power of Attorney in England and Wales
Power of Attorney in Scotland
England and Wales
You can find out more about LPAs at:
You can use the government’s online service to create your LPA at:
You can download the LPA forms to complete by hand at:
Find out about the role of an attorney at:
To claim a reduction in the LPA registration fee:
You can find out more about POAs at:
To claim a reduction in the POA registration fee:
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