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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

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 he/she loses mental capacity one day. A Donee can be appointed to act in the two broad areas of personal welfare and property & affairs matters.

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Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in Singapore: A Comprehensive Guide 2023

Ensuring our well-being isn't limited to our active and capable moments but extends to safeguarding our interests even in times of incapacity. This is where a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) comes into play. In Singapore, an LPA is a crucial legal document that empowers a trusted individual, such as a family member or close friend, to act on your behalf should you become incapable of making decisions.

Here's what you need to know about LPAs in Singapore, how they work, and the steps to apply for one to ensure your future interests are protected.

What is an LPA?

An LPA is a legally binding document that grants authority to an appointed individual, known as the "donee," to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer mentally capable of doing so. You can appoint more than one donee if you wish. The appointed individual(s) can make decisions concerning your personal welfare, including healthcare, as well as your property and financial matters.

Why Is an LPA Important?

While contemplating incapacity may seem grim, having an LPA is crucial to ensure your long-term interests are well-managed. It empowers your trusted representative to make decisions aligning with your wishes, whether related to healthcare or asset management, should you face misfortune or incapacity. Additionally, an LPA alleviates stress for your loved ones, as it eliminates the need for them to apply for a court order to manage your affairs, which could lead to delays in receiving preferred treatments.

Who Should Get an LPA?

Contrary to associating LPAs only with end-of-life scenarios, it's advisable for everyone to consider obtaining one when they are of sound mind and at least 21 years old. The eligibility criteria for creating an LPA in Singapore include:

  • Being at least 21 years old.

  • Having sound mental capacity to make your own decisions.

How to Apply for an LPA in Singapore

The process of applying for an LPA in Singapore involves three steps:

Step (1) Complete the LPA Form Online Depending on your preferences, there are two types of LPA forms:

  • LPA Form 1: This default form grants your donee general powers with some basic restrictions to make decisions on your behalf.

  • LPA Form 2: If you want to specify the exact scope of your donee's power, consult a lawyer to draft a formal document.

Both forms can be filled out online. Complete your chosen form and ask your appointed donees to accept their nomination.

Step (2) Certification by an LPA Certificate Issuer Your LPA must be witnessed and certified by an LPA Certificate Issuer. In Singapore, an LPA can be issued by accredited medical practitioners, practicing lawyers, or registered psychiatrists. The certification session typically takes about 25-30 minutes, and your appointed donees don't need to be present at the clinic.

Step (3) Registration by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) After your LPA is certified at an LPA clinic, you'll need to self-apply for official registration with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). You will receive an SMS or email notification once your LPA is officially registered.

Where Can I Certify an LPA in Singapore?

You may get your LPA certified at any of our Kingsway Medical Clinics. Just drop us a WhatsApp for an appointment.

How Much Does It Cost to Get an LPA in Singapore?

There are two costs associated with obtaining an LPA in Singapore: LPA form application fees: Currently, these fees have been waived to encourage more Singaporeans to create LPAs. This fee waiver is in effect until March 2026.

Certification fee: The cost for LPA certification with our Kingsway Medical Clinic doctors is $30 (nett).

In conclusion, obtaining an LPA in Singapore is a prudent step, regardless of your stage in life. It provides peace of mind that your long-term interests will be safeguarded. For more detailed information about LPAs in Singapore, you can visit the MSF website.

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