When does a lasting power of attorney become effective?

A property and financial affairs LPA comes into effect as soon as it is registered. That does not necessarily mean your attorney will be able to make decisions on your behalf straight away, but you should outline this in your LPA and also detail at what point they will be able to make decisions on your behalf.

In contrast, a health and welfare LPA only comes into effect when you lose the capacity to make decisions for yourself.


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