If you lose capacity, a Continuing (Financial) Power of Attorney is used to allow your chosen attorney to act on your behalf in respect of your financial matters. These powers can include:
It’s important to note that a Continuing Power of Attorney can be activated as soon as it’s registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). Our specialist team can help you set up the legal document, helping to ensure that your finances are protected no matter what happens.
A Welfare Power of Attorney concerns any decisions regarding your medical care and personal welfare. Powers under this particular document range from daily care to life-sustaining treatments, such as:
Unlike a Continuing Power of Attorney, a Welfare Power of Attorney can only be used when you lose capacity. It is also possible to get a Combined Power of Attorney, which allows your chosen person to handle both your medical and financial decisions.
Do I need a witness for my Power of Attorney?
Can I amend my Power of Attorney?