The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
The LPA is a legal document which allows a person who is at least 21 years of age ('donor'), to voluntarily appoint one or more persons ('donee(s)') to make decisions and act on his/her behalf if he/she loses mental capacity one day. A donee can be appointed to act in the two broad areas of personal welfare and property & affairs matters.
Benefits of an LPA
- Enables a person to make a personal, considered choice of a trusted proxy decision maker, who is reliable and competent to act in his/her best interests should he/she lose mental capacity one day.
- Alleviates the stress and difficulties faced by loved ones who need to apply for a Deputyship order, if the person loses mental capacity without an LPA in place.
Convenience and Cost of Making an LPA
The OPG has extended the LPA Form 1 application fee waiver for Singapore citizens to 31 March 2021, to encourage more Singaporeans to plan ahead and apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Click here to see the LPA Application Fee Table.
Nonetheless, applicants are required to pay a fee to engage an LPA Certificate Issuer to witness and certify their applications.
Click here to view the List of Most Visited LPA Certificate Issuers and the fees they charge. This list includes Non-Government Organisations who also offer LPA Certificate Issuing services.
Click here for more information on How to Make an LPA.
What is the difference between an LPA Form 1 and LPA Form 2?
- LPA Form 1 - Standard version that donors use to grant donees general powers with basic restrictions.
- LPA Form 2 - For donors who wish to grant donees customised powers. The Annex to Section 4 the LPA Form 2 has to be drafted by a lawyer*.
*Note: This refers to a Singapore solicitor qualified to practice Singapore law in a Singapore law practice.
Last Updated: 30 Jan 2020