Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

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.
The 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 a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Nonetheless, applicants are required to pay a fee to engage an LPA Certificate Issuer to witness and certify their applications. These charges can vary from $50-$80 depending on sites where the LPA is issued.

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
Information from Ministry of Social & Family development (MSF), Office of Public Guardian (OPG)
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