Power of attorney - applications

A power of attorney is a legal document whereby one person (the 'Donor') gives another person or persons the power to act on his/ her behalf with regard to his/her property and financial affairs or in certain circumstances his/her personal welfare.

A power of attorney could be one of the following:

  • ordinary power of attorney - which may grant general or specific powers in relation to property and affairs
  • enduring power of attorney (before October 2007) which may grant general or specific powers in relation to property and affairs in the event of the Donor becomes incapacitated
  • lasting power of attorney (after October 2007) which may grant general or specific powers in relation to property and affairs and/or personal welfare in the event of the Donor becoming incapacitated

Office of Public Guardian Register and disclosure of information

The Office of Public Guardian (OPG) is responsible for maintaining a register of enduring and lasting power of attorneys and court appointed deputies. The information is available to third parties on application to the Office of Public Guardian (OPG). For further information please refer to the GOV.UK website.

Please note that the council does not provide actual legal advice to members of the public. This section provides information and guidance regarding various legal matters and where to go for further information.

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