General Powers of Attorney
Anyone with mental capacity can sign a General Power of Attorney (GPA) giving another person the authority to run their financial affairs. However unlike a Lasting (or Enduring) Power of Attorney, a GPA can only be used whilst the donor still has full capacity. It is therefore usually used when someone is, for instance, going abroad or into hospital for a while.
It is sometimes used to cover the period whilst waiting for the registration process for a Lasting Power of Attorney to be completed, provided the donor still has full capacity but nonetheless needs assistance, for instance due to a physical disability or urgent admission to hospital.
Trustees have limited rights to appoint attorneys to carry out their duties as trustees, and can only do so for one year at a time. If you are a trustee you should seek legal advice about the terms of the trust to confirm your ability to make a Power of Attorney if necessary. It a trustee has their own LPA this cannot be used for trustee functions.
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