How do I become an attorney?

If a person wants you to be their attorney, they will make an enduring power of attorney

The agreement will be made in writing and include details of the decisions you will make on behalf of the person. It will be signed by you, the person appointing you, and two witnesses. It will include a number of statements, including one by you to confirm you understand and will perform your duties in relation to the role. 

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth are currently making rules that will set out more requirements for making this type of agreement. We will provide you with more information as soon as we can.

You can currently be appointed as an attorney under the Powers of Attorney Act 1996. However, you cannot currently make healthcare decisions on the person’s behalf.