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Lasting Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a document which allows another person (the attorney) to make decisions on your behalf in certain circumstances. The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) was introduced by the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The main difference between it and the old Enduring Power of Attorney is that an LPA can cover welfare decisions, in addition to decisions relating to property and affairs.

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  • Hansard HL, 18 October 2011, col WS14. Since the implementation of the MCA 2005, the Office of the Public Guardian carried out insolvency checks on potential LPA donees; to save money, this practice has ceased.


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