A power of attorney is authority given by an
individual with capacity, known as the Granter, to another
person(s), known as the Attorney(s), to deal with aspects of the
This could relate to financial/property matters and/or personal
Welfare powers cannot be exercised until the Granter has lost
the capacity to make these decisions. The Granter can decide how
this decision on capacity is to be made.
The Granter decides which powers they wish to grant, however as
these powers will be strictly interpreted the Granter should ensure
that the powers granted are specific and cover all the relevant
aspects of their affairs.
To make the agreement official, a power of attorney
document is completed. This details the powers which the Granter
wishes the Attorney to have and must be signed by the Granter. It
must be certified by a solicitor or a medical practitioner, and
then be registered by the Office of the Public Guardian.
Contact the Office of the Public Guardian on 01324
678300 for more information about power of attorney.