• November 28, 2023
 Lasting Power of Attorney (POA) in Scotland

Lasting Power of Attorney (POA) in Scotland

There may come a time in the future when you’re incapable of making decisions for yourself regarding your finances and welfare. It’s an unwelcome thought for many, but it’s important to make provision for this eventuality by appointing a Lasting Power of Attorney (POA).

Should you suffer a serious head injury or illness that leaves you incapable of looking after your own affairs, or if you’re diagnosed with Alzheimers or dementia, having a POA ensures there is someone you trust who is ready and willing to take care of your finances and welfare on your behalf.

You may assume that your spouse, partner, or another family member will automatically step in to take care of you and your money should you become incapable, but without appointing them as POA, they have no legal right to do so. By law, written consent is required from the individual for a person to act on their behalf.

Continuing Power of Attorney

In Scotland, there are two types of POA: Continuing Power of Attorney and Welfare Power of Attorney.

Appointing someone as your Continuing Power of Attorney gives them the right to look after your financial affairs and property matters. It can be given with the intent of taking effect immediately and continuing upon your incapacity, or only coming into effect once you are unable to manage your own affairs. Your Continuing Power of Attorney is allowed access to all information relating to your finances and can help take care of things such as:

  • Managing your bank accounts and paying bills
  • Collecting your pensions or allowances
  • Managing tax returns and claims for tax

Welfare Power of Attorney

A Welfare Power of Attorney gives someone permission to take care of your health and welfare. This is the person who will make decisions about where you will live, what you will eat and wear, and any activities you might engage in. They will also be responsible for making decisions about any medical care you might receive and your end-of-life care. Your Welfare Power of Attorney should be made aware of things such as:

  • Your likes and dislikes
  • Activities you enjoy, such as walking, reading, watching television, music
  • What you like to wear
  • What medical treatments you agree to and in what circumstances
  • When you like to go to sleep and wake up

Welfare Power of Attorney does not come into effect until you have been declared incapable of looking after yourself.

If you only appoint a Continuing Power of Attorney, that person can also make decisions about your health and welfare. This is often the simplest and most cost-effective option. It’s up to you what powers you choose to grant your Attorneys, but remember: a POA is a powerful document and it’s recommended you seek professional legal advice when completing one.

Appointing a POA

The person appointing the POA is known as the Granter and those given POA are known as Attorneys. It’s possible for a Granter to appoint more than one Attorney to handle their affairs should the need arise. There is a charge of £83 per power.

It’s also wise to appoint a Substitute Attorney. This is someone who will take over in the event the Attorney is unable to act.

Once the POA application has been completed, it must be signed by a solicitor to confirm the Granter understands the document. A medical professional must also sign it to confirm the Granter is of sound mind and not under duress at the time of making the POA application.

The application must then be sent to the Office of the Public Guardian Scotland for registration. The person responsible for making the submission, usually a solicitor, is known as the Sender. Registration takes approximately 20-25 weeks and Continuing POA cannot be granted until registration is complete.

Up to two people, known as Specified Persons, can be nominated to receive a copy of the POA, however, they must be named on the document. Copies are issued to Specified Persons for information purposes and are not to be used by the Attorney when exercising powers.


While we all hope there never comes a time when we’re unable to look after ourselves or our own affairs, it’s important to have a POA in place who can step in should the need arise. By appointing a POA, you can choose individuals whom you trust to fulfil this vital role.

For professional advice on applying for a POA in Scotland, contact the team at CTT Legal.

This article was submitted to be published by CTT Group as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Wills and Probate. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Wills and Probate.

CTT Group


  CTT Group is an established Legal Services firm providing multi-disciplinary support for the UK’s Professional Adviser community. Their expertise spans multiple areas of Law, Estate Planning, Finance and Tax matters. CTT Group is recognised as a leading figure in the industry due to their wealth of experience and technical knowledge in the legal and financial sectors. CTT Group is made up of six areas: CTT Professional Services: A specialised knowledge hub designed for the Professional Adviser community and CTT Group members. The Professional Services team will provide you with a bespoke training and support package to suit any business. This includes the New entrants team, Training, Estate Planning Team, Professional Indemnity Insurance Service & the Resource Hub. CTT Tax and Trust: a premium support system for the Professional Adviser community, providing professional executor and Trustee services. They specialise in Estate Planning, Tax and Trust matters and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering the right solutions for your clients. CTT Legacy Software: Ground-breaking legal software that will change how you work. Legacy was explicitly designed with you and your business in mind, so it will seamlessly align with your needs. It can also be tailored to suit your business needs, giving you complete control over your client journey. CTT Legal: Providing innovative and modern solutions to even the most complex legal problems. CTT Legal offer comprehensive Legal advice alongside CTT Law; an SRA-regulated law firm and strategic partner of CTT Group. This includes Residential and Commercial Conveyancing, Litigation, Document production, Client care, Professional Executor & Professional Executor. CTT Accountancy: A newly established Accountancy firm that will work in partnership with you and your business. CTT Accountancy is a practice of highly skilled and experienced accountants with expertise in trust matters, uniquely positioned to offer your clients a range of accounting services, whatever their needs. CTT Private Client: Offering individual professional advice to high-net-worth individuals with various financial situations. Their specialist team have a wealth of knowledge and will work with you to understand your requirements and provide bespoke advice. Click here for more information: https://ctt-group.co.uk/ Contact: CTT Group Tel: 01926 514 390 Email: enquiries@ctt-group.co.uk Address: CTT Group, Gables House 62 Kenilworth road Leamington Spa CV32 6JX