What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?
The LPA is a legal instrument 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 behalf should he lose mental capacity one day. A donee can be appointed to act in the two broad areas of personal welfare and property & affairs matters.
Click to download the LPA Form 1.
How to make LPA
Choose your donee(s) wisely
- 21 years old and above
- Someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf, in your best interests
Choose what decision powers to grant your donee(s)
- Personal Welfare
- Property & Affairs
If you have more than 1 donee, decide if they are to act:
- Jointly - donees have to act together, cannot act separately.
- Jointly & Severally - donees can make decisions together or separately. Both types of decisions are valid.
Fill up the LPA Form 1 accordingly
See an LPA Certificate Issuer
- Critical safeguard to ensure that the donor does not make an LPA under pressure or duress.
- There are 3 groups of professionals who can issue an LPA certificate - (a) accredited medical practitioner, (b) lawyer* and (c) psychiatrist.
*Note: This refers to a Singapore solicitor qualified to practice Singapore law in a Singapore law practice.
Click here to find an LPA Certificate Issuer.
Submit your completed LPA application to the Office of the Public Guardian by post or by hand
- OPG will verify your documents and accept your application for registration. If no valid objections are received in the following 3 weeks, the LPA will be registered at the end of that period.
Office of the Public Guardian
20 Lengkok Bahru
#04-02, Family @ Enabling Village
From Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5.30pm, excluding Public Holidays
Please submit your LPA application within 6 months from the date the donor signs on the LPA Form.
For more information on the LPA, visit the Office of the Public Guardian website or call 1800 226 6222