Power of Attorney

What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows another person, called an attorney, to act on your behalf and to make decisions for you. 

An attorney can be appointed to make certain decisions:

Temporarily – e.g. while they are on holiday and need somebody to represent them or;
In the future – e.g. if you lose mental capacity to make your own decisions in the future.  

A person must have mental capacity when they choose an attorney for short-term or long-term help with decisions.

Registering a Power of Attorney with us

A Power of Attorney (POA) document must be approved by the Government's Office of the Public Guardian before it can be officially registered. More information on this can be found on the Office of the Public Guardian's website.

To add an attorney to an account, we will need to see:

  • an original/certified copy of the POA or the LPA access code to allow us to view the document online

  • a completed copy of our POA Registration Form 

  • two forms of acceptable ID from Our ID Requirements

Ready to register?

Head to our Branch Finder and get in touch with one of our six branches to book an appointment.


Alternatively, you can contact us by emailing info@thevernon.co.uk and we can guide you through the process online.