Mental capacity - future planning
Lasting Power of Attorney
Lasting Power of Attorney 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 for help with filling out forms.
Note that from 1 October 2007, 'Lasting Power of Attorney' (LPA) replaced 'Enduring Powers of Attorney' (EPA). 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.
If you need help and advice about how to set up an LPA, you can contact the following organisations:
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 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 lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death.