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Are there different types of lasting power of attorney?

There are two types of LPA, which depend on what decisions you are allowing someone to make on your behalf. The two types are health and welfare, and property and financial affairs.

Health and welfare LPA: Put in place to help make decisions about the care you receive, including moving to a residential care home and the right setting for you, any medical or treatment you need, your daily care such as washing, dressing and eating and any life-sustaining treatment you receive. This type of LPA can only be used if you lose capacity. If you can still make decisions yourself, you will continue to do so as normal.

Property and financial affairs LPA: Put in place to help make decisions around your finances and money, as well as any property you own or purchase. This can include managing your bank accounts, paying invoices and bills, arranging benefits and pension payments and selling, adapting or buying a home. A property and financial affairs LPA differs from health and welfare and can be used as soon as it's registered. This means the person appointed as your attorney can start helping to make these decisions straight away, providing they have your permission.

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