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Caring for an adult with incapacity Power of attorney

Power of attorney

Power of attorney

Power of attorney allows adults, while they have capacity, to give a person they trust powers to act as their financial and/or welfare attorney.

You can act as a financial attorney either straightaway or on incapacity, but a welfare power of attorney only comes into effect if an adult loses capacity.

The person granting the power of attorney can say how this incapacity is to be decided, for example by a medical assessment.

All powers of attorney under the Act must be registered with the Public Guardian.

Read more on setting up power of attorney.

The information was last updated on: 12th May 2015

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