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A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows someone to act for you or make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to do so yourself. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney; one for Personal Welfare and one for Property and Affairs. In order to be valid the lasting Power of Attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.

Anyone who is aged 18 or older and has the mental ability to make decisions for him/herself can choose to give Power of Attorney to relatives or people that they trust.

The following websites have more detailed information about what a Power of Attorney is, how to set one up and what are the costs of doing so.

NHS Choices:
www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support/lasting-power-of-attorney

Office of the Public Guardian:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/make-a-lasting-power-of-attorney

Age UK:
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/legal-issues/power-of-attorney

Applying for a Power of Attorney

You can apply for a Power of Attorney online at:
https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney/make-lasting-power

The forms need to be signed before sending them off to the Office of the Public Guardian.

Portcullis GPs provide non-NHS services in relation to Power of Attorney applications. Because these services do not fall under those provided by the NHS, there are fees associated with this.

As at February 2018 the fees charged are as follows:

  • Countersignature of a Power of Attorney application, no medical examination required £105
  • Countersignature of a Power of Attorney application, with medical assessment for capacity or home visit £155

N.B. Other professionals, such as solicitors, also provide services in relation to Power of Attorney applications.