It is usual for the Certificate Provider on the Lasting Power of Attorney to witness the Lasting Power of Attorney donors signature (person whose LPA it is) – but it doesn’t have to be them.
Witness Lasting Power of Attorney – choose with care.
It is dangerous to use anyone as a Lasting Power of Attorney witness who has any strong connection with any of the attorneys – it would be far more difficult to defend a claim of “undue influence” where the LPA witnesses are not totally independent of the attorneys, so we would always recommend using friends or independent third parties – such as next door neighbours to act as Lasting Powers of Attorney witness.
If you work with us to organise your LPAs we’ll help you chose the right witnesses – why not ask us for our FREE 2 minute guide to Legal Planning?
Can I be a Witness Lasting Power of Attorney ?
This will depend on whose signature you have been asked to Witness.
Donor’s signature on Lasting Power of Attorney
If you have been asked to Witness the Donor’s signature:
• You can be a Witness if you are aged 18 or over and are not an Attorney appointed in the LPA you are signing.
• If you have already been asked to be the Certificate Provider, you can also be a Witness if the Donor asks you to. This could be useful in circumstances where the Donor
is not able to find separate Witnesses and Certificate Providers.
Please note: You cannot Witness the Donor’s signature if you are an Attorney appointed in the LPA you are signing.
Attorney’s signature on Lasting Power of Attorney
If you have been asked to Witness the Attorney’s signature, you are permitted to be a Witness if you are aged 18 or over and also if you are a Certificate Provider or another Attorney appointed in the LPA.
What are my responsibilities to Witness a Lasting Power of Attorney?
You are required to Witness the Donor or Attorney(s) (or both) signing and dating the LPA form. A different Witness could be used for each person who is signing and dating the form. You must ensure that you see the relevant person sign and date the form and you should not sign it as a Witness unless you have seen this.
Lasting Power of Attorney Witness