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What is Power of Attorney (POA)?

A Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows you (‘the Donor’) to appoint one or more people (‘the Attorney’) to help you make decisions or make decisions on your behalf. The Power of Attorney document is set up whilst you are fully capable of making your own decisions and normally only takes effect if your mental capacity changes and requires the Attorney to make decisions on your behalf.

A ‘Deputy’ arrangement is very similar to a Power of Attorney; however it is not arranged prior to a situation occurring where mental capacity has diminished. It usually only happens if the person who lacks capacity to make decisions has not made a Power of Attorney but suddenly requires assistance with their finances.

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