Managing someone else's affairs

Managing someone else’s affairs can mean a number of things, including looking after their bank accounts, claiming benefits on their behalf, or making decisions about their health and personal care.

There are a number of different ways that you can manage somebody’s affairs, including several types of lasting power of attorney.

What is a lasting power of attorney?

Sometimes people wish to plan ahead and set out in advance what they would like to happen should they become unable to make decisions for themselves in the future.  This is done through a lasting power of attorney, which is a legally binding document. There are two different types of lasting power of attorney (LPA):

  • a property and financial affairs LPA is for decisions about finances, such as selling the person's house or managing their bank account
  • a health and welfare LPA is for decisions about both health and personal welfare, such as where to live, day-to-day care or having medical treatment.

Where to start

The Citizens Advice Bureau can tell you more about how to apply for lasting power of attorney. You can download comprehensive information from their website, including fact sheets about all aspects of managing someone else’s affairs

You can also visit the GOV.UK website, where you can:

A lasting power of attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used.