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Bank Account for our son - opening and accessing with a LPOA

mickeyg14mickeyg14 Member Posts: 1
edited March 2019 in Finances and extra costs
Hi everybody

Can anyone give any feedback on their experiences of opening a current account for someone with learning disability using a lasting power of attorney to open and manage the account?

He's currently got a Nationwide savings account - should we stick with them and move the funds?

I know they should all treat us equally as long as we have the requisite paperwork. But just wondering about people's experiences with the High Street financial institutions.

Thanks - Mike G


  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,294 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello and welcome, as you are your son's power of attorney you will have a duty of care towards your son's financial affairs, that said all banks will should understand your situation and be helpful in guiding you to the correct products for your son's financial needs now and for the future.
  • Antonia_AlumniAntonia_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,781 Pioneering
    Welcome to the community @mickeyg14 , please have look at our managing for someone else section.

    Please keep us updated. ;)
  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @mickeyg14, and a belated welcome! 

    It may not be possible for anybody to specify which bank or account would be best for you, but hopefully some of our members can share their experiences. Have you had any further thoughts?

    You may also be interested in Dosh, which supports people with learning disabilities to manage their money:
    If you have a learning disability, we can support you to manage your money.

    We will support you in a person-centred way to use your money in the way you want. You can read more about this in our Dosh Promise and our Dosh Leaflet.
  • JCCJCC Member Posts: 32 Connected
    In my experience opening an account with any of the main High Street Banks - where they still exist - is not a problem. 
    A copy of a benefits letter less than 6 months old and the EPA, LPA or Court of Protection Order is sufficient.  However, I would not be able to advise which bank would be the most advantageous.    Some banks still offer a passbook with a photograph in certain circumstances instead of an account with a pin number that can be forgotten for example.
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