Glossary of Terms relating to Singapore Lasting Power of Attorney

Statutory Principles


There are 5 statutory principles under the Mental Capacity Act that everyone must follow when dealing with persons who lack or may lack mental capacity.

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A deputy is appointed by the court to make certain decisions on behalf of a person who lacks mental capacity when the person has not made an LPA and has no donee to decide on his behalf in respect of those decisions. A deputy can be an individual, or a licensed trust company for property & aff airs […]


Best Interests


Decision makers have a duty to consider many factors that focus on what is best for the person lacking capacity before making a decision on his behalf. 

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Code of Practice


The Code supports the Mental Capacity Act (the Act) and provides further explanation on how the Act should be applied in practice.

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Mental Capacity Act


Provides safeguards to protect persons lacking capacity. The Act gives the Public Guardian supervisory and investigative powers and makes ill-treatment of persons who lack capacity by their caregivers and decision makers a criminal off ence. The Act also prohibits certain decisions from being made on behalf of the person who
lacks capacity.

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Lasting Power of Attorney


Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows a donor to voluntarily appoint one or more donees to make decisions and act on his behalf should he lose the capacity to make his own decisions.

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Office of the Public Guardian


Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has a wide range of responsibilities within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act. These include keeping a register of LPAs, supervising deputies and investigating allegations of ill-treatment.

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Clinical Trial


A rigorously controlled test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on human subjects.

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A person, at least 21 years of age, appointed by the donor to make decisions and act on his/her behalf on personal welfare and/or property and affairs matters in the event he/she loses mental capacity. An undischarged bankrupt is not eligible to be a donee for property and affairs matters.




A person, at least 21 years of age, who makes an LPA, appointing donee(s) to take care of his/her personal welfare and/or property and affairs matters in the event he/she loses mental capacity.


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