A lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf should you become unable to do so yourself.

There are two different types of LPA, one for your property and affairs and one for your health and welfare. If you do not have an LPA in place and become unable to make decisions for yourself, no one will have the legal power to act on your behalf. In this case a relative or friend would need to apply to the court of protection to become your deputy which will then give them similar powers to that of an attorney.

The process of becoming a deputy is much more expensive and time consuming than an LPA. There are also requirements that a deputy must fulfill such as paying an annual fee and submitting an annual report, so it is much easier for someone to be appointed by you as an attorney rather than applying to be a deputy.