Power of Attorney
What is a power of attorney?
A power of attorney is a legal document that lets one person (the attorney) make decisions on behalf of another person (the donor). It's a flexible document that donors can tailor to their individual circumstances, setting out things like who the attorney(s) are, how they should act and any restrictions that will apply.
Typically applications are made to help someone who ‘lacks mental capacity’ - when they can’t make a decision at the time it needs to be made because of a mental impairment.
They may still be able to make other decisions or make decisions with your help.
People may lack mental capacity because, for example:
- they’ve had a serious brain injury or illness
- they have dementia
- they have severe learning disabilities