Mental capacity

Help for those who lack the capacity to make decisions.

Lasting Power of Attorney

Lasting Power of Attorney (opens in a new window) allows you to elect someone to make decisions on your behalf. This is for use if a person still has the capacity to make decisions, but feels they may lose this (perhaps because of dementia). Regardless of health, everyone should consider a Lasting Power of Attorney. It's never too early to set up a Power of Attorney, you don't need to be unwell.

Contact the  Office of the Public Guardian (opens in a new window) for help with filling out forms.

(Please note: 'Lasting Power of Attorney' (LPA) replaced 'Enduring Powers of Attorney' (EPA) from 1 October 2007.  EPAs signed and witnessed before October 2007 can still be used.  However, if you lose mental capacity, your attorney must register the EPA in order to start or continue to use it.  More details are on the  government website (opens in a new window).)

Lasting Power of Attorney online service

If you need help and advice about how to set up an LPA, you can contact the following organisations:

Advance Decisions

An Advance Decision allows you to write down any treatments that you don't want to have in the future, in case you later become unable to make or communicate decisions for yourself.

My Decisions (opens in a new window) is a free and simple website where you can create an Advance Decision document to print, sign, witness and share .

Making a will

Making a will (opens in a new window) lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death.

Page last updated: 18/08/2021 11:47