Applications for Lasting Power of Attorney soar

More assigning someone to act for them if they are unable to do so; online system planned

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

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2018, with the headline 'Applications for Lasting Power of Attorney soar'. Subscribe