Power of Attorney: A Simple Guide


An easy to understand explanation of the different types of Power of Attorney available, and how each type can be used.

Definition of Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney is a legal document authorising the ‘Attorney’ to act on behalf of another person who is no longer able to deal with their own affairs ‘the Donor’. Anyone can be an Attorney as long as they are over 18 and capable of making decisions, the only exception to this is someone who is bankrupt.

Responsibilities of an Attorney
Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
Ordinary Power of Attorney (OPA)

The information given in this guide is based on Bath Building Society’s understanding of Power of Attorney as at March 2015, which may change in future. It does not constitute a recommendation and individuals are advised to seek professional independent advice.