What Is A 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.

Infographic summary on How to Make an LPA

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.

You are also encouraged to make an Advance Care Plan (ACP), and appoint your Donee as your Nominated Healthcare Spokesperson. More information on ACP can be found here.

Convenience and Cost of Making an LPA

OPG has extended the LPA Form 1 application fee waiver for Singapore Citizens to 31 March 2023, to encourage more Singaporeans to plan ahead and apply for an LPA.

Click here for the LPA Application Fee Table. Please note that no refund will be given once the LPA application is submitted to OPG regardless of the application outcome, including rejection. 

Applicants are required to pay a professional fee to engage an LPA Certificate Issuer to witness and certify their LPA. View the list of most visited LPA Certificate Issuers ​here

What is the difference between an LPA Form 1 and LPA Form 2?

  • LPA Form 1: For Donors who wish to grant Donee(s) general powers with basic restrictions.
  • LPA Form 2: For Donors who wish to grant Donee(s) customised powers. The clauses in the LPA Form 2 have to be drafted by a lawyer*.

98% of Singapore Citizens who have made an LPA used the LPA Form 1.

*This refers to a Singapore solicitor qualified to practise Singapore law in a Singapore law practice.​​​​

Access OPGO ​here to make your LPA.  

You may submit a hardcopy LPA only under the exception situations​ listed in Section 11(2a) of the MCA. The acceptance of any hardcopy LPA is subject to the Public Guardian’s approval.​

Should you require further assistance on making an LPA online via OPGO, please approach your Donee(s) or family members for help. Alternatively, you may direct your enquiry to the OPG hotline at 1800-111-2222, or visit any Citizen Connect Centre or ServiceSG centre. The list of Citizen Connect Centres and ServiceSG centres can be found here

For enquiries on all other transactions using OPGO, please contact OPG hotline.

​Last Updated: 14 Nov 2022 ​​​​