What is a power of attorney?

Having a PoA lets you plan what you want another person to do for you in the future, should you become incapable of making decisions about your own affairs. PoA is a written document which includes a certificate signed either by a solicitor who is registered to practise law in Scotland or by a registered UK medical doctor who holds a licence to practise.

You will need to arrange for your own PoA document to be drafted. This is not something we can help with as our role is to provide a registration service.

The law says that someone who is currently declared as bankrupt can make a PoA to deal with their personal welfare decision making but not about their financial and property affairs.

Our target is to process powers of attorney (PoA) within 30 working days of receiving the document.  While we maintain this target, we are currently taking longer to process PoAs. We are not minded to change the target as we think that 30 working days is a reasonable time to wait. 

However we are able to process electronic submissions more quickly than those sent us by post. We provide a weekly update on our current processing times to keep you informed of waiting times.

Once your PoA is drafted and registered with us it will last indefinitely, unless you decide to terminate it.

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