Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) Singapore
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in Singapore?
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 the donor 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.
Cost of making a LPA in Singapore
- At ATA Medical, the cost of making a LPA is $65 before GST.
- Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has waived the LPA Form 1 application fee for Singapore Citizens till 31st March 2023.
The difference between LPA Form 1 and LPA Form 2
- LPA Form 1: For Donors who wish to grant Donee(s) general power 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 qualified Singapore lawyer*.
98% of Singapore Citizens who have made an LPA used the LPA Form 1.
*Note: This refers to a Singapore solicitor qualified to practice Singapore law in a Singapore law practice.
How to apply for a LPA in Singapore?
- Step 1: Donors should complete the LPA online via OGPO.
- Step 2: Donee(s) accept appointment.
- Step 3: Certificate Issuer (CI) certifies and witnesses Donor’s signing of LPA.
You may also refer to this quick reference guide, or watch this video for more information.