Lasting power of attorney

Many people with dementia will eventually reach a point where they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves – this is known as lacking ‘mental capacity’. When this happens, someone else – often a carer or family member – will need to make decisions on their behalf.

A Lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal tool that gives another adult the legal authority to make certain decisions for you, if you become unable to make them yourself. The person who is given this authority is known as an ‘attorney’. They can manage your finances, or make decisions relating to your health and welfare. This page explains what an LPA is and why you might consider making one. It also provides practical advice and information about how to appoint an attorney, and what powers you can give them.

The information provided is for people living in England and Wales, and isn’t intended for those living in Northern Ireland, where the laws governing powers of attorney are different. If you live in Northern Ireland, please refer to our Enduring power of attorney and Controllership in Northern Ireland page.