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Power of attorney information guide

No one wants to think that there might come a time when you’re no longer able to make your own decisions. But if that time does come, having a power of attorney set up can make things much easier for you and those around you – so it’s worth planning ahead.

This guide explains how you appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf if you’re no longer able to make or communicate your decisions. It covers:

  • the different types of power of attorney
  • the process of choosing an attorney
  • the different ways of communicating your wishes
  • what happens if you haven’t set up a power of attorney.

It also lists useful organisations that you can contact for impartial information and advice about setting up a power of attorney. 

Download your guide (PDF, 2 MB)

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If you'd like to place an order for yourself, you can call our advice line on 0800 678 1602 or email us at orders@ageuk.co.uk – please include your full postal address and allow 10 days for delivery.

Need this guide in another format?

This guide is also available in other formats if that's more suitable for you.

  • You can request a free printed copy of this guide that we'll post to you. 
  • You can also request this guide in large print or audio format.

To request any of these options, you can call the advice line on 0800 678 1602.

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Last updated: Oct 25 2023

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