You can end the Power of Attorney (POA) yourself by revoking your Attorney as long as you have mental capacity.  It may be that you no longer need the Attorney or that the Attorney is no longer suitable, practical or trustworthy.

The revocation will not be effective until it is received by the Attorney or any third party. It is wise to keep an audit trail that the deed has been sent.

If you are revoking a Lasting Power of Attorney, you will also need to send the deed to the Office of the Public Guardian.

Revoking your Attorney

You will need to contact the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and send the following:

  • the original LPA
  • a written statement called a ‘Deed of Revocation’

Deed of Revocation

Use the following wording for the Deed of Revocation. Replace the words in the square brackets with the relevant details.

This deed of revocation is made by [your name] of [your address].

1: I granted a lasting power of attorney for property and financial affairs/health and welfare (delete as appropriate) on [date you signed the lasting power of attorney] appointing [name of first attorney] of [address of first attorney] and [name of second attorney] of [address of second attorney] to act as my attorney(s).

2: I revoke the lasting power of attorney and the authority granted by it.

Signed and delivered as a deed [your signature]
Date signed [date]
Witnessed by [signature of witness]
Full name of witness [name of witness]
Address of witness [address of witness]

Other ways a Lasting Power of Attorney can end

Your LPA may end if your Attorney:

  • loses the ability to make decisions – loses mental capacity themselves
  • divorces you or ends your civil partnership if they are your husband, wife or partner
  • becomes bankrupt or they’re subject to a Debt Relief Order (DRO), if they’re a Property and Financial Affairs Attorney
  • is removed by the Court of Protection
  • dies

If your only Attorney dies

Your LPA will end if your Attorney dies and you have no replacement Attorneys. You must tell the OPG and send:

  • the original LPA
  • all certified copies of the LPA
  • a return address to where your documents can be sent back

The LPA can continue if there is another Attorney that acts jointly and severally – but not just jointly. It can also continue if there is a replacement Attorney.

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