Power of Attorney

This information is for carers who are concerned that the person they care for may be struggling to manage their own affairs and make decisions that are within their best interest.

Power of Attorney is something to consider before mental capacity is impaired, as this makes the process easier.

A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that lets you appoint someone (known as an ‘attorney’) to make decisions on your behalf, when you are no longer able to. It could be used if you became unable to make your own decisions.

There are 2 types:

  • health and welfare
  • property and financial affairs

You can choose to make 1 type of lasting power of attorney or both.

You may need to have a deputy appointed instead of making a lasting power of attorney, if you aren’t able to make decisions on your own.

Contact the Office of the Public Guardian if you don’t know what you should do;

Other useful contacts include;

  • Nottingham Law Centre – 0115 978 7813
  • Gov.uk
  • AgeUK – link opens a factsheet, but they can also provide a list of “approved solicitors” for obtaining Power of Attorney. AgeUK also have solicitor advice sessions once a week at their Nottingham office. This is a free service, call 0115 844 0011 to arrange an appointment

If you have any difficulties accessing the services listed above, please contact your local Carer Support Worker