The 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 behalf should he lose mental capacity one day. A donee can be appointed to act in the two broad areas of personal welfare and property & affairs matters.
Benefits of an LPA
- Early preparations to protect your interests should one become vulnerable one day.
- Enables you to make a personal, considered choice of a trusted proxy decision maker, who is reliable and competent to act in his or her best interests.
- Alleviates the stress and difficulties faced by loved ones who need to apply for a Deputyship order, if you lose mental capacity without an LPA in place.
Convenience and Cost of Making an LPA
The OPG reviewed the LPA Forms and introduced the revised LPA Forms on 1 September 2014. The revised forms use less legal and technical jargon and makes it easier for members of the public to understand. The total number of pages were also reduced significantly to enable applicants to fill up the forms in a short amount of time.
The LPA E-Service Portal was introduced on 12 January 2016 to allow members of the public greater convenience in performing tasks online. The online services include preparing an LPA application in soft copy, submitting registry search requests, and enabling donors and deputies to update their particulars online.
To encourage more Singaporeans to pre-plan to protect their interests, the OPG extended the LPA application fee waiver for 2 years till 31 August 2018 for Singaporeans making an LPA Form 1.
Click here to see the LPA application fee table.
Applicants are required to pay a fee to engage an LPA Certificate Issuer to witness and certify their application.
Click here to view the list of most visited LPA Certificate Issuers and the fees they charge. This list includes Non-Government Organisations who also offer LPA Certificate Issuing services.
For more information on how to make an LPA, please click here.
Last Updated: 7 June 2017