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It is possible for a person to give someone else power to deal with various matters on his behalf, usually in connection with financial affairs. That might be helpful when the person granting that power by means of a power of attorney, the donor, might have difficulty managing them himself, perhaps because of illness or disability or temporary absence abroad. It is the donor who decides who the attorney is to be and obviously the attorney should be sensible and trustworthy. A general power of attorney can be revoked by the donor. Such a power will cease to be effective if the donor loses capacity.

A lasting power of attorney can be granted to an attorney. Such a power will “last” because it will continue to .be effective even if the donor loses capacity. However, such a power needs to be completed by the donor when he has capacity and it cannot be used unless it has been registered by the Office of the Public Guardian.