You may wish to think about what will happen if you become unable to manage your own affairs. A Power of Attorney is a legal document, which authorises one or more people to handle your health or financial affairs. You can set up a Power of Attorney for a limited time, or to deal with a specific situation.
An Ordinary Power of Attorney allows you to nominate one or more people to deal with your finances on your behalf.
The document can be general and cover every aspect of your affairs, or you can specify which matters your attorney can deal with.
You can end the arrangement at any time and the document automatically becomes invalid if you lose mental capacity.
You may wish to consider an Ordinary Power of Attorney if you -
To complete an ordinary power of attorney, you should contact a solicitor or senior adviser. You can contact Hull and East Riding Citizens Advice Bureau for information on Ordinary Power of Attorney. You can contact them via -
in person –
Citizens Advice Hull & East Riding (CAB)The Wislon Centre
Alfred Gelder Street,
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf.
This gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and can’t make your own decisions (you ‘lack mental capacity’).
You must be 18 or over and have mental capacity (the ability to make your own decisions) when you make your LPA
You don’t need to live in the UK or be a British citizen.
There are two types of LPA -
You can choose to make one type or both.
An LPA can be cancelled at any time, but only before you lose mental capacity.
Both types of LPA’s must be created in a specific format. You can obtain the forms from the GOV.UK website or you can instruct a solicitor to prepare one for you.
You must register your LPA before it becomes legal binding.
There is a £82 fee in order to register each LPA. However, deeding on your financial circumstances, you may be eligible for a reduced fee or it may even be free. You are given an opportunity to apply for a reduced rate at the end of the application process.
The Court of Protection can make decisions about the finances and welfare of people who cannot make decisions for themselves.
If someone only has income from benefits and no capital then their affairs can be managed by an Appointee – through the Department for Work and Pensions. If they have capital (e.g. savings) then a court appointed deputy will be required.
If your friend or relative:
then you can apply to the Court of Protection.
The Court will either make a one-off decision or they will appoint a Deputy to manage and administer the person's property and financial affairs.
Please note - they do not offer legal advice so for this, or for help in understanding the Powers of Attorney, you should contact a solicitor.Last reviewed: 25/09/2018