A person may wish to give another person authority to make a decision on their behalf. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is the legal document that allows them to do so. It has to be made by a person when they have capacity to make the decision to appoint an LPA.
There are two types of LPA:
- Property and Affairs
- Personal Welfare
A Personal Welfare LPA…
- Can only make decisions for a person when that person has lost the capacity to make these decisions themselves.
- Can only make decisions regarding life sustaining decisions if specific authorisation has been given to allow this.
- Decisions made by LPAs still need to be in the person’s best interests
LPAs can only act if they are registered with the Office of Public Guardian the documentation needs to be examined carefully to be clear what authorisation the LPA has been given.
A patient or family may believe that an LPA has already been appointed, however it is important to check the full legal process has been undertaken.