This document allows you to nominate up to six people to make decisions about your health and social welfare in the event that you can no longer do so yourself. You can also set restrictions and leave guidance on what decisions they can make. Once completed, this document must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), and the registration forms you need to do this are included with your health and welfare LPA. However, a separate fee of £110 will be payable to the OPG. Once registered, the power comes into effect when you lose the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself (e.g. you are comatose or suffering from dementia).
Read our Guide to making a power of attorney to learn more about the process and how you can prepare.
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