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Welfare Power of Attorney in Scotland

This section explains what a Welfare Power of Attorney is and how to make one. It’s for people living in Scotland.

What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney allows you to give someone you trust the legal power to make decisions on your behalf in case you later lack capacity and are unable to make a decision for yourself.

The person who makes the Power of Attorney is known as the ‘granter’ and the person given the power to make decisions is known as the ‘attorney’.

There are two different types of Power of Attorney:

  • A Continuing Power of Attorney covers decisions about money and property.
  • A Welfare Power of Attorney (WPA) covers decisions about health and personal welfare.

You can make both in the same document.

This information is only about Welfare Power of Attorney.

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More information

If you live in England or Wales, read our information about Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare. We  also have information about planning ahead Northern Ireland.