In Singapore, the allows a person to make a lasting power of attorney (LPA), wherein they appoint another person (donee) to make decisions on their behalf, should they find themselves suffering from impaired minds or from disturbances in the functions of the brain.
If you prefer that decisions pertaining to your personal welfare, property and financial affairs are handled by a specific person, it would be best to draft an LPA.
Both an LPA and a Power of Attorney (POA) are documents that allow you to appoint someone else to act on your behalf. However, an LPA only takes effect when you lose mental capacity, while a POA can be used in various types of scenarios.
The most basic definition of mental incapacity is the inability to make a decision for one’s self. This is further characterized by the law as the lack of the ability to:
The mental capacity law requires your donee to be at least 21 years of age, not bankrupt, and of sound mind. You can choose to have more than one donee and specify whether they should act jointly (together) or jointly and severally (either together or separately).
The Office of the Public Guardian provides a standard from their website that you can use, but should you want to customise the powers to be granted to your donee, you will need the assistance of a lawyer.
Here at Kith & Kin Law we offer transparent fees and our LPA drafting fees start from S$1,000 onwards plus registration fees.
We have more than 1,500 basic and complex LPAs successfully registered with OPG.
We handle everything on your behalf and help you register your LPA.
After collecting your details, we will prepare your application within 5 days for the simpler cases.
For basic LPA, our clients pay S$250 or S$450 for couples Additional costs: OPG fees of S$100 to S$250 for PRs and Foreigners.
For complex LPA, our clients pay from S$1,000 onwards plus additional costs. Additional costs: OPG fees of S$200 to S$250 for SGP, PRs and Foreigners.
Our lawyers have special qualifications in advising vulnerable adults and mental capacity practice and our founder Shen Kiat TAN is on OPG’s appointed panel of professional deputies and donees.
We work with an interdisciplinary group of service partners to bring you services in advance care planning, financial planning and counselling.
Everyone has their own unique legacy they wish to leave behind. Through our purpose-driven ethos, we will help you craft out a personalised plan on how you wish to incorporate your legacy plan with your estate plan.
The process starts with a paid consultation of 60 minutes for S$175.
Our friendly mental capacity lawyers or specialists will obtain details of your situation to make a basic or complex Lasting Power of Attorney.
We will arrange for an appointment to meet you and your donees to review and execute your LPA prior to registration.
Meetings can be in-person or over ZOOM.
Our clients pay a small home-visit fee of S$180.00 to save precious time and avoid the hassle of travelling.