You could be unable to make decisions or deal with your affairs regarding your medical treatment or finances, if you have an accident, fall ill, or you just need a little help.
A power of attorney makes sure that people you trust have the right to act in your best interests.
The type of power of attorney you need depends on the type of decisions you want to be made and where you live in the UK.
A will is a separate document to a power of attorney. A will is only effective on your death and has no legal authority prior to that point. A power of attorney is effective whilst you are alive and allows others to act on your behalf during your lifetime.
The Office of the Public Guardian offers free forms that you can complete yourself. But our service offers additional support and guidance and enables you to have your document reviewed by one of our specialists. You can also contact our specialists with any questions you may have as you complete your forms.