What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
Have peace of mind when you appoint a Lasting Power of Attorney - people you trust to act in your best interests, at Dr Panda Medical Centre.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (also called the LPA) is a legal document which allows you (the 'Donor'), to voluntarily appoint one or more persons (the 'Donee(s)') to make decisions and act on your behalf if you lose the mental ability to make these decisions one day.
We may lose our mental capacity due to unexpected circumstances such as an illness (e.g. stroke, advanced dementia, mental illness) or an accident. With an LPA, you can be assured that the trusted person(s) whom you have appointed can act on your behalf, should you be unable to make decisions on your own in the future.
The Donee(s) can be appointed to act on matters pertaining to your personal welfare and/or your property and affairs.
TO BE A DONOR
One must be at least 21 years old, have the mental capacity and ability to make decisions, and not be an undischarged bankrupt if the LPA involves property & affairs matters.
A CERTIFICATE ISSUER
A Certificate Issuer (CI) is an accredited medical practitioner, practising lawyer and/or registered psychiatrist.
The CI ensures that one fully understands the purpose of the LPA and is not being coerced or deceived in making the LPA.
TO BE A DONEE
The donee must be someone you trust, is reliable and competent to make decisions for you when you lose the ability to do so yourself. He/she must also be at least 21 years old, and not be a bankrupt if your LPA involves property & affairs matters.
What to expect when making an LPA
Choose your donee(s) and decide what powers to grant them. If you have more than one donee, you have to decide if they will act jointly or individually on these decisions.
Apply for your LPA online by logging into the Office of Public Guardian Online (OPGO) via your Singpass.
The application fee for LPA Form 1 has been waived for Singapore Citizens until 31 March 2026.
Donees can accept their appointment via OPGO
Make an appointment with Dr Panda Medical Centre to certify your LPA.
The LPA is submitted to the OPGO immediately after certification.
The doner and donee will be notified via SMS/email once the LPA is accepted and registered.
The LPA will only come into effect if you have been certified by a registered medical practitioner to have lost your mental capacity.