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What is power of attorney in simple words?

Updated: Jul 6, 2022

Power of attorney is a legal document which allows you to appoint someone, for example a lawyer, to act on your behalf in specified matters.

A power of attorney (POA) is an authority imposed on an agent by the principal allowing the said agent to make decisions on his/her behalf. The agent can receive limited or absolute authority to act on the principal's behalf on decisions relating to health, property, or finances.

How long can a power of attorney last?

Once an LPA has been validly executed, it will last indefinitely unless revoked by the donor, the attorney, the Court of Protection or by operation of law.

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