The LPA certificate stands for Lasting Power of Attorney certificate and it allows a trusted individual to make choices and medical decisions on behalf of the patient or sick individual should they be unable to do so themselves. The individual entrusting this power is known as the donor and the individual given this power is known as the donee. The donor must be at least 21 years of age and must voluntarily appoint the donee. This is so that in the case that the donor loses mental capacity one day, the donee may make decisions and act on their behalf. In the case of mild dementia, the appointment will be conducted when they are lucid to the best of the certifier’s efforts to ensure they have a choice.
An LPA allows an individual to make a personal, considered choice of a trusted proxy decision maker who is reliable and competent to act in their best interests should they lose mental capacity one day. It also saves loved ones the difficulty and heartache of applying for a Deputyship in the case of an individual losing mental capacity without an LPA in place. An LPA Form 1 entrusts the donee with general powers with basic restrictions. This is the form that our doctor will be able to issue certifications for. For an LPA Form 2, which grants customised powers, individuals must seek a lawyer.