Applications for Lasting Power of Attorney soar

16,279 people applied for an LPA in the first eight months of 2018, according to the Office of the Public Guardian.
16,279 people applied for an LPA in the first eight months of 2018, according to the Office of the Public Guardian.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - The number of people appointing someone to act on their behalf if they become mentally incapacitated, through a legal document called a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), has soared.

The Straits Times has learnt that this, among other factors, has prompted the authorities to plan for an online system for LPA applications, to cut the processing time and make it more convenient for applicants.

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