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Power of attorney:

When someone makes a power of attorney, they appoint someone else to act on their behalf. The person making the power of attorney is called a donor and the person appointed to act on their behalf is called an attorney.

A power of attorney gives the attorney the legal authority to deal with third parties such as banks or the local council.

Some types of power of attorney also give the attorney the legal power to make a decision on behalf of someone else such as where they should live or whether they should see a doctor.

In order to make a power of attorney, you must be capable of making decisions for yourself. This is called having mental capacity

There are three types of power of attorney. These are:

For more detailed information please visit citizensadvice.org.uk/family/looking-after-people/managing-affairs-for-someone-else

Updated 24/07/2020