Looking after our health doesn’t just mean caring for ourselves when we’re active and able; but also ensuring that our interests are protected even when we’re incapacitated.
This is where a Lasting Power of Attorney comes in. A LPA in Singapore is a legal document that allows an appointed individual, such as a family member or a close friend, to act on your behalf if you’re incapable of doing so.
Here’s what you need to know about how a LPA in Singapore works, as well as how to apply for a LPA to make sure your future interests are protected.
What is a LPA?
A LPA is a legal document that gives an individual you’ve appointed (also known as ‘donee’) the power to make decisions on your behalf if you lose the mental ability to do so. You can appoint more than one donee, if you wish.
Your appointed person (or persons) will be able to make decisions regarding your personal welfare, such as your healthcare plan, and your property and affairs, which broadly includes your finance matters.
Why is a LPA important?
While it’s a little grim to contemplate, a LPA is extremely important because it ensures your long-term interests are taken care of: whether it’s how you’d want your healthcare to be administered or your assets to be managed, while you’re incapacitated. Should you come into any misfortune, your trusted person will be speaking on your behalf.
Additionally, a LPA saves your loved ones a lot of additional stress. Without a LPA in place, your family members may need to apply for a court order, before they’re able to administer your affairs. It may also lead to a delay in you being able to receive the types of treatment you’d prefer.
Who should get a LPA?
Although we may associate a LPA with more end-of-life moments, everyone should get a LPA when they’re able to. The eligibility criteria for making a LPA in Singapore includes:
- Being at least 21 years old
- Being of sound mental capacity to make your own decisions
What do I need to do when I apply for a LPA in Singapore?
Your LPA application consists of three steps.
1) Complete the LPA Form online
There are two different ways you can set up your LPA, and this changes the type of form you’ll need to complete.
- LPA Form 1: This is the default type of LPA, which gives your donee general powers (with some basic restrictions) to make decisions on your behalf.
- LPA Form 2: If you would like to specify the exact scope of power you want to give your appointed donee, you’ll need to work with a lawyer to draw up a formal document.
Both forms can be filled up online. You’ll have to complete your chosen form; and ask your appointed donees to accept the nomination.
2) Certification by a LPA Certificate Issuer
A LPA has to be witnessed and certified by a LPA Certificate Issuer. An LPA in Singapore can be issued by: an accredited medical practitioner, a practicing lawyer, or a registered psychiatrist. For example, our doctors at the DA Clinics can help to certify and witness your LPA.
To make an appointment:
- Purchase a LPA certification session on DA Marketplace
- Book your preferred timing at either DA Clinic @ Bishan or DA Clinic @ Taman Jurong
- Prepare all medical documents and forms, including filling in your LPA form, for the session
Before visiting the clinic on your appointment day, make sure you have the following:
- Completed LPA Form 1
- Donee’s details, including full name, NRIC/FIN, mobile number and email address (optional)
- Donee’s signature and acceptance of their appointment
The entire session will just take about 25 – 30 minutes. Your appointed donees don’t have to be at the LPA clinic, although they’re certainly welcome to join.
3) Registration by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)
Once your LPA is certified at our LPA clinic, you will need to self-apply for official registration with OPG. You’ll receive a SMS or email notification once your LPA is officially registered.
Where can I certify a LPA in Singapore?
Our DA Clinics are LPA clinics; and our doctors at our clinics are accredited to certify your LPA in Singapore. You can make an appointment at the DA Clinic @ Bishan and DA Clinic @ Taman Jurong to make a LPA.
How much does it cost to get a LPA in Singapore?
There are two items you’ll need to pay for, to get a LPA in Singapore.
- LPA form application fees: Currently, the LPA form fees have been waived to encourage more Singaporeans to make their LPAs. This fee waiver will last till March 2026.
- Certification fee: It would cost $100 (excluding GST) for a LPA Certificate Issuer in our DA Clinic to certify your LPA.
All in all, there’s little reason why you shouldn’t get a LPA. No matter which stage of life you’re at, a LPA gives you peace of mind that you’ll be well looked after in the long-term. For more information about an LPA in Singapore, visit the MSF website.