Deed Poll, Power of Attorney & Lasting Power of Attorney

It is vital to make early arrangements to protect your interests should you become mentally incapacitated one day. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows a donee to act on your behalf and to act and make decisions on your behalf when you lack the mental capacity to make decisions on your personal welfare matters, property and other matters in the future. A LPA is different from a Power of Attorney that generally ceases to have effect when you lose your mental capacity. Our team of lawyers at Circular Law Chambers are able to assist our clients in executing a Lasting Power of Attorney, Deed Poll and Power of Attorney.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What are the benefits of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

You will be able to make arrangements and appoint someone to make decisions on your personal welfare matters, property and other matters in the future, in the event that you should lose mental capacity one day.

2. What if I don’t have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and I lose my mental capacity?

The Mental Capacity Act allows someone else to apply to the Court to either make the specific decisions for you or appoint one or more persons to be your deputy to make the decision for you. Having a LPA would relieve the difficulties faced by your family members who need to go through this process and apply for a Deputyship order.

3. What are the requirements for making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

You must be at least 21 years old, you must have the mental capacity to make the LPA and you must not be an undischarged bankrupt if you wish to make an LPA for property and affairs matters.

4. What is the difference between a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another’s behalf in private affairs, business or some other legal matter. This ceases to have effect when you lose your mental capacity.

5. How do I change my child’s name in my NRIC?

Our lawyers can assist you in changing your name by way of a Deed Poll. If you wish to change your child’s name and your child is under 21 years of age, he is considered a Minor or Child and his parents would have to sign the Deed Poll on his behalf.

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