Workers’ Party (WP) politicians, who are also practising lawyers, certified Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) documents for Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC residents at no charge last weekend as part of their effort to educate their constituents on the importance of LPAs.
An LPA is a legal document that allows an individual to appoint people they trust to make decisions and act on their behalf in the areas of personal welfare, property and affairs should they lose mental capacity.
The family members of those who lose mental capacity and do not have an LPA are not automatically allowed to make legal decisions on their loved one’s behalf. This can impede their efforts to care for the loved one and manage their affairs. In such a case, the family member would have to go through the more costly deputyship application process in Court to act on their loved one’s behalf.
Aljunied GRC MPs Sylvia Lim and Chen Show Mao have been giving talks on LPA. On Sunday (24 Nov), Ms Lim – who also serves as the WP’s chairman – led a team of volunteer lawyers in certifying LPAs for Aljunied residents at no charge at an event held at Block 117 Hougang Avenue 1.
Sharing photos of the MPs and volunteers helping residents, WP secretary-general Pritam Singh wrote on Facebook: “A big thank you to all volunteer lawyers and volunteers who helped residents of the Paya Lebar ward of Aljunied GRC certify their LPAs this morning.
“Ms Sylvia Lim led the LPA talks and certification in her Serangoon ward some months back. Last week, along with a volunteer lawyer and support from MP Chen Show Mao’s volunteers, she briefed Paya Lebar residents on the LPA before leading a team who helped certify the LPA documents for residents today. Glad to have NCMP Dennis Tan Lip Fong join in the effort too!
“The Team Eunos volunteers of the Eunos division ran an LPA talk last year. We will plan another one for residents very soon!”
Mr Singh wlecomed lawyers with a valid practising certificate who wish to help Aljunied GRC residents certify LPAs pro bono to get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.