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Find out how to make it easier to make decisions on behalf of the person you care for it they can't do this for themself, either now or in the future. 

Get advice from your local carer service

Find out if your local carer service can give you any information about managing someone else's affairs. Some offer legal advice sessions. You can search for your nearest service.

Information for carers in England

Setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document where the person you care for can give another person the authority to make certain decisions on their behalf.

If they wish to, the person you care for can prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney without the help of a solicitor. They will need to download the forms from the Gov.uk website

Alternatively a solicitor can help them set up their Lasting Power of Attorney although there will be a charge.

Making decisions when someone loses mental capacity and there's no power of attorney

If you care for someone who lacks mental capacity you may want to become their court appointed deputy so that you can take certain decisions on their behalf. Find more information on Gov.uk.

Further information

See Citizens Advice for more information on managing someone else's affairs in England.

Information for carers in Scotland

See Citizens Advice for information on managing someone else's affairs in Scotland. 

Information for carers in Wales

See Citizens Advice for information on managing someone else's affairs in Wales. 

​Next update due: January 2022