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These details can be sent to your solicitor or a family member if you lose mental capacity. An LPA covers decisions about your financial affairs, or your health and care. It comes into effect if you lose mental capacity, or if you no longer want to make decisions for yourself. You would set up an LPA if you want to make sure you're covered in the future. If you have lasting power of attorney over property and financial affairs, you're allowed to make decisions on the donor's behalf. An ordinary power of attorney allows someone to look after your financial affairs for a temporary period.

  • You need to be over 18 and have what is called ‘mental capacity’ to make an LPA.
  • This is because you won't be able to continue using an ordinary power of attorney if you lose your mental capacity.
  • I have become a member of GLE
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