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British Law >> Citizen Area >> Power Of Attorney

Power Of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal way to have one person act on behalf of another. There are two contrasting forms of attorney:

  • An Ordinary Power of Attorney (OPA) where the person appointed can have responsibility for all financial affairs or a limited set of responsibilities so long as you remain in control of your mental faculties. This power is revoked in the event of you suffering mental illness or mental incapacity.
  • An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) can come into force or continue after you have lost your mental capacity. This type of attorney should be used if you expect that you might lose your mental capacity sometime in the future (through mental illness or degenerative disease such as Alzheimer's) and you would like someone to administer your affairs.
  • The Public Guardianship Office provides information about enduring powers of attorney and how to nominate someone for it.

    The Alzheimer's Society provides a comprehensive fact sheet about enduring power of attorney and how to grant it.

    Age Concern has a downloadable fact sheet concerning financial management which includes granting a power of attorney.

    Law Pack provides a set of forms or software to enable you to draw up your own Power of Attorney.

    Powers of Attorney.co.uk are a firm of paralegals who offer a comprehensive range of attorney services.

    Power for You supports Scottish residents in drawing up their own power of attorney documentation.