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Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Section 100 – Scope of lasting powers of attorney: gifts

An attorney acting under a LPA may only make gifts on behalf of the donor to his or her relations or associates, on customary occasions such as birthdays, the birth of a child, a marriage, civil partnership or anniversary, or any other occasion associated with giving presents. Gifts to charities supported by the donor are also permitted. However, the monetary value of any such gift must be reasonable in relation to the circumstances and in particular, to the size of the donor’s estate. This power to make gifts is subject to any conditions or restrictions in the LPA instrument.

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