This section explains what a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare is and how to make one. It’s for people living in England and Wales.
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare?
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to give someone you trust the legal power to make decisions on your behalf in case you later become unable to make decisions for yourself.
The person who makes the LPA is known as the ‘donor’ and the person given the power to make decisions is known as the ‘attorney’.
There are two different types of LPA:
- An LPA for Property and Financial Affairs covers decisions about money and property.
- An LPA for Health and Welfare covers decisions about health and personal welfare.
This information is only about the LPA for Health and Welfare.
In this section:
- What decisions can my attorney make under a LPA for Health and Welfare?
- Making a LPA for Health and Welfare
- Registering a LPA for Health and Welfare
- What rights does an attorney have under a LPA for Health and Welfare?
More informationIf you live in Scotland, read our information about Welfare Power of Attorney. We also have information about planning ahead in Northern Ireland.